Originally Posted by Atthehop
Newer tires should always go in the rear. Never believed it but after a tire seminar at the Michelin tire training center last summer I learned why. They had two identical cars for everyone to drive on their wet track. One had new tires on the fromt and one had new tires on the rear. Everyone took the car with new tires on the front out first on the wet track and tried to go as fast as they could and not spin out. Well everyone did 360's with that car. Whe we drove the car with the new tires on the rear we could recover from a tail spin almost every time. It convinced me after over 40 years of driving.
there are actually some videos on this at tirerack.com , but its for snow tires up front and all seasons in the back, and vise versa.
i live on an army base, and work on an the base. theres 6 turns between my and my work, and the max speed limit is 45 on the longest stretch of road.. and its a straightaway.
im not saying your not right, i believe its 100 percent true that you would want the better traction on the back because you can turn the front wheels to regain traction.. the rear wheels rely on tread alone.
but.... i drive slow, and i dont drive much at all. any driving done off this base is done in my wifes car.
im gonna put the newer tires up front so they can wear down to somewhat the same level.
if i end up doing a 360 in the ditch you can say you told me so lol.
im not like the guys in the video. im not trying to go as fast as i can go and maintain traction. i drive for the weather... when its snowing i go 20-30. and this is a base full of people from all over, most of whom have no experience driving in snow... so i drive that slow as a defensive measure lol.