Important Awareness of Mixing Tyres

Choosing Right Tyres

When choosing tyres, it is important to be aware of the possible effects of mixing the tyres on your car. Cars should ideally be fitted with a matching set of tyres. To the general car user, many are unaware of the fact that it is illegal to mix tyre sizes and tyre constructions e.g. radial, cross-ply etc. across an axle. It is also illegal to fit radial tyres to the front axle and cross-plies to the rear. This doesn’t apply to the situation where you are using a spare tyre where you have temporary cause to use a tyre and where you are restricted to low speed.

Our Recommendations

At Tyreland, we don’t recommend that you use different tyre categories on your car. For example, using summer tyres and winter tyres together or using on/off road tyres. Likewise, if one tyre has a considerably different state of wear, it is important that they are not mixed across an axle. There are exceptions for the likes of 4×4 vehicles where some vehicle manufacturers specify a maximum tread depth difference between axles. We would recommend that you consult your vehicle handbook for specific instructions in relation to the tyres appropriate to your vehicle. You can also drop into your nearest Tyreland centre where our tyre experts will carry out a tyre check.


For all your tyre needs including fitting, alignment and other services, get in touch with the experts at Tyreland today. Call now on 01 860 20 20 to find your nearest location.

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