Three Reasons Why You Should Buy Tires In Pairs
Most people customarily buy a tire from a tire shop when they have blown a tire on the road and just want to replace the one tire. However, you should seriously consider buying tires in pairs. There are some very good reasons for doing so.
Keeping the Wear and Tear the Same All Around
Tires tend to wear unevenly. This is due, in part, to the fact that front tires are the first ones to scrape the road when brakes are applied. Because all drivers consistently make more right turns than left, right side tires also frequently have more wear and tear. If you buy a single new tire, you now have one tire with perfect tread, and three other tires that are worn all differently. That tends to make the car's tires wobble and wear all wrong.
Most tire shops will advise you to replace all of your tires. If you do not want to incur that expense, it is highly recommended that you replace at least two tires; the one that popped, and the one that is either on the same side of the car or is alongside it in the back or front of the car. This provides more tread and grip on the side of of the vehicle where it wears the most.
Just to Have a Spare for the Spare
If you are really insistent about not putting the extra tire on your vehicle right now, you will have a spare for the spare tire. It is always better to replace a flat with a full-sized tire than the temporary "donut" tire that comes in the trunk of most vehicles. Put the one tire on where the flat was, and throw the extra in the trunk for later.
Just in Case the Same Nail Punctured More Than One Tire
Tires are funny things. You could roll over a nail in the road, and flat out puncture one tire, and then accidentally shove that same nail in the tire behind it. Eventually, the second tire deflates, and you discover the nail that did the damage to the first tire. What do you do then? Well, hopefully, you bought your tires in a pair, and then that extra tire that you threw into your trunk can go on in place of the second punctured tire. Then you do not have to go back to the tire shop and buy yet another tire.