WHY FIT NEW TYRES TO THE REAR?
Primarily to ensure that vehicle stability is maintained in difficult driving conditions such as hard braking or cornering. This is especially critical on wet or slippery roads. This also provides additional protection against sudden deflation in the rear tyres which could cause a loss of vehicle control. Most modern vehicles being front wheel drive, the front tyres wear faster than the rears. The driver is therefore used to having less grip at the front as the tyres wear towards replacement. By fitting new tyres to the rear and repositioning the more worn tyres on the front axle, the condition the driver has become used to is retained after the tyre change.
|New Tyres fitted to the front||New Tyres fitted to the rear|
|The vehicle’s handling characteristics will change and the driver could be taken by surprise. Where previously there was a tendency to understeer, the initial loss of grip will be on the rear axle leading to oversteer which will be more difficult to control especially on slippery roads.||The handling characteristics will be similar to those to which the driver is accustomed. There will be maximum grip on the rear axle – a safer and more stable condition.|
It is strongly recommended that tyres on 4×4 vehicles are used in identical sets of four (same size, make, pattern, load index/speed symbol). The vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations should also be followed.