New Tyres to the Rear

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NEW TYRES TO THE FRONT OR REAR?

What is Traction Balance?

So you’re buying new tyres, but where is it best to put them. There is a conflict of opinion between tyre manufactures, vehicle manufactures and tyre dealers. So how are you expected to know? Well let me give you the information and were go from there.

You’re changing your front tyres! If your vehicle is front wheel drive, like the majority of cars of today, these tyres will always wear first.


  • Do you just put the new ones on the front?
  • Do you swap the tyres around and have the new ones on the rear?
  • Do you buy all 4 for safety?

Whether you have front or rear wheel drive, we recommend that you use newer tyres for the rear set, for extra safety in unforeseen or difficult situations (emergency braking, tight bends etc) particularly on wet surfaces. Numerous tests have shown that it is easier to control the front wheels than those at the rear. Front tyres generally wear quicker than those fitted at the rear, particularly on front wheel drive cars, which are currently in the majority.

New tyres fitted in front :

The behaviour of the car will change, because the front / rear balance will be reversed. The driver, used to a car with less grip at the front, will therefore be taken unawares. On a slippery road, the rear will lose traction before the front of the vehicle. The driver will have no chance of controlling the rear, and will be tempted to accelerate further, which will amplify the spin effect. Only an experienced driver will be able to recover from this dangerous situation. The photo shows a rear end slide on a wet surface.

image: new tyres on the front

New tyres fitted at the back :

The handling of the vehicle will be similar to that known by the driver before the tyre change, because the traction balance will be the same Rear traction will be better, and the driver will be able to control and steer their vehicle without a problem by decelerating and turning the steering wheel in the direction of the bend. That's why at New Tyres Quick we advise you to reduce the risks you take by fitting new or less worn tyres at the rear of the vehicle for: Better grip on bends

image: new tyres on the rear

As with vehicles with different size tyres that are fitted as standard, swapping around would not be possible and a cautious approach to driving at first would be recommended.

4 Wheeled drive vehicles.

It is recommended that tyres are used in identical sets of four, same size, brand, pattern, load and speed index. An exception is when the vehicle is originally fitted with different tyres sizes front to rear. The vehicle manufactures should also be followed.


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