I am adding a socket mounted relay to a PCB and only need one set of contacts (SPDT).
Does it increase the reliability of the component to connect the both sets of contacts? Are there any other issues this creates? Common practice or bad practice?
Note that I do not intend to exceed the rated current of a single contact.
Just thinking through the failure modes it seems that if a relay fails on or off mechanically it wouldn't make the situation any worse. And it would reduce the odds of failing electrically by 50% since one contact would be the first to make, and the same or different contact would be the last to break.