Even though you may be a safe and smooth driver, there are times when the unpredictability of other traffic or road surfaces that may require you to break harshly or swerve – pushing the demands on your tyres. By fitting the same construction and pattern to both axels on your car aids equal handling.
Different patterns or brands of tyres can vary in height and the speed they roll due to their individual designs or state of wear. This can affect the performance or mechanics if the tyres are mixed.
Whilst there are no laws in the UK requiring all 4 tyres to be the same pattern, it is recommended to do so to provide equal performance to aid safe driving. If you are planning to drive abroad in your own car, it is worth researching laws of the countries you will be visiting or driving through as some do have laws on mixing tyre patterns.
Read our guide on When To Replace Tyres for further details.