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September 15, 2016

Mixing Tires

It is never a good idea to mix tires. Different style of tires will perform differently in similar situations.

While certain tires perform better in dry conditions, others will excel in the wet. Even tires that perform well in the rain cannot be trusted to perform well in the snow. This is why choosing the correct tire for your situation is so important. Another important point is to make sure that all 4 tires are the same all around. A good way to think about this is that you wouldn't want to play basketball using a basketball shoe on one foot and a golf shoe on another.

Here are some of the disadvantages when mixing tires:

- Noise - Tires have different tread designs and will hit the pavement at different times and rates, which will produce a different tread noise when in contact with the road.

- Braking - Tires may grip differently depending on the road conditions. They may not all stop at the same time.

- Under/Oversteering - Depending on which tires grip more or less in certain situations, you may experience temporary loss of control with your Buick.

- Snow - Driving in the winter is all about confidence. Mismatched tires may give you a false impression of the Buick's stability in snow and on ice.

If you are in an emergency and need a tire quickly but your tire is discontinued or out of stock, try to match your tires as close as possible. Always get at least the same brand tire as what you currently have and in the same category. And by under all means, do not mix all-season tires with summer tires.

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) California Tire Dealers Association Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)