Should you fit new tyres on the front or back?
Most modern cars are front-wheel drive, so the front tyres have to work harder than the rears and are likely to wear out quicker. However, whether your car is front or rear-wheel drive, most safety experts advise switching the tyres around when replacing the front pair so that the new ones are on the rear.
This is because if a car loses grip in a corner, it will either understeer or oversteer. Understeer is when the car’s front tyres lose grip first, making the front end slide outwards. Oversteer is when the rear tyres lose grip first, making the back end of the car swing out.
It’s easier to get a car that’s understeering back under control than one that’s oversteering – simply slowing down should help to regain grip – and this is why the new tyres should be on the rear wheels to minimise the potential to oversteer and risk a serious accident.
‘The tyres with the most tread should be on the rear wheels’