Date: 22 Jan 2003 17:24:09 GMT
Subject: Re: buy snow tires or not?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Malcolm W. Mason <> wrote: > On Tue, 21 Jan 2003 23:49:13 GMT, hohnopsamlid.invalid (Goran Larsson) > wrote: >>This is very dangerous. Using tyres/tires with good traction on the >>front and tyres/tires with bad traction on the rear (e.g. winter tyres >>on front, summer tyres on back, snow or ice on road) results in car >>with bad direction stability. The rear will most likely try to overtake >>the front during braking. > However the North American practice seems to be to use snows only on > the powered wheels. > I would like to hear from anyone who knows differently. It's all about friction. The rear tires, if they have less grip, will slide before the front tires do. An object will *always* rotate around the point of highest friction (front tires). So, the laws of physics are making the car want to swap ends. Snow tires only on the driven wheels might make sense for RWD cars, but I know of no tire or carmaker that suggests doing it on FWD cars. Dave Hinz

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