Should you fit new tyres on the front or back?

What Car? - - Advice -

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’

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