Winter is almost here and many are asking if they need new tires. One question many people have is if they can just replace the two tires on the front axle and save some cash. This may seem like a good idea but actually the best tires should be on the rear.
Why you ask?
You have almost certainly been a party to, or witnessed the reason first hand. Remember the car in the ditch with the headlights shining toward you? We have all seen, heard stories, or experienced a time while driving in slippery conditions, that the car just spun out and was quickly leading with the back side first. Often times this involves crashing into a guard rail, or ditch, rear end first.
The reason you ask?
When you hit the brakes, or try to avoid something in adverse conditions, your car may lose traction. If the rear of the car has less traction and grip than the front then you cannot control the rear and you quickly spin out.
You see it may seem like a great idea to give yourself the best acceleration traction by putting the new, or best, tires in the front of your front wheel drive vehicle, but in a bad situation this can quickly backfire and lead to trouble.