Should Better Tires Be Installed Front or Back?

In the ideal world, many drivers would opt for brand new tires whenever possible. Unfortunately, however, budget restraints cause a number of drivers to switch out tires two at a time. Generally, tire dealerships and car mechanics recommend replacing either the front two or the back two tires at a time when replacing all four isn't an option. That might leave drivers wondering, should the newer or better tires be installed in the front or the back of the vehicle?

Why Better Tires Should Always be in the Back

Many tire experts from all areas of the automotive industry will agree when it comes to where to place the newer set of tires on a vehicle. Newer or better tires should almost always go in their back of the car or truck in order to minimize the risk of a front tire blowout.

Dealing with a front tire blowout, whatever the cause, can be a difficult situation for the driver, and it can certainly lead to an accident. However, a front tire blowout will still be better and easier to manage than a back tire blowout. Although it would be ideal, it is not a reality for most drivers to equip their vehicles with four new tires free from any manufacturing tire defects and without any aging or wear and tear. When you have to make the choice about where to put the best tires on your vehicle, most professionals in the tire and auto industry will suggest that they go in the back.

Back Tire Blowout

Tire defects, sidewall failure, incorrect pressure in the tires and even extreme weather can contribute to a tire blowout. If that blowout occurs in a back tire, controlling the direction of the vehicle can feel like steering a boat without a rudder or a plane without a tail.

Without control over the steering of your vehicle during a rear blowout, you might find yourself spinning, losing grip or nearing a rollover. All of these things happen more often when drivers can't take the correct action and reduce speed slowly while holding tightly to the steering wheel to veer off the side of the road safely.

Front Tire Blowout

While no blowout is safe, handling and recovering from a front tire blowout can be easier for drivers. Countless crash test studies prove that it is much easier to maintain control over a vehicle if it is the front tire that suffers a blowout. That's because even if there is are major tire defects causing the blowout, you'll still have the ability to steer the vehicle.

No driver wants to deal with a blowout, and they can certainly be dangerous when you've got defective or worn tires on your vehicle. If drivers have used tires on their vehicle, the newer and better tires should be placed on the rear of the car or truck. It won't prevent a blowout, but it can make it easier to handle should an accident occur.

Tire Failure Lawyer

The Willis Law Firm stands ready to assist you and your family into investigating a tire failure injury or accident due to a tire blowout. For over 30 years, David P. Willis has been helping victims of serious accidents and rollovers involving defective tires and vehicles. In fact, Willis was awarded the prestigious Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award for his work in uncovering the Firestone tire defect, which led to the recall of millions of tires. One phone call is all that is needed for the Willis Law Firm to begin investigating a new tire failure case. Upon acceptance, we’ll begin preserving the evidence, gathering additional facts and building your case. To schedule a free consultation, fill out our online tire failure lawsuit form or call us at 1-800-883-9858.

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