Tire Care: Replacing Two New Tires the Right Way

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When a fleet vehicle needs a tire replacement, occasionally you may find that only two tires need replacement rather than all four. Most people believe that the tires with the best tread should go on the front of the vehicle, especially for vehicles with front-wheel drive. Actually, the best tires should always go on the rear of front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. Why? The tires with best tread will naturally grip the road better and resist hydroplaning compared to a tire that has some miles on it.

Say you are driving on a curvy road in a summer thunderstorm and while you are in the middle of the curve your car enters a large area of standing water. If the best tires are on the rear of the vehicle, they will grip the pavement longer than the front tires. You will feel the front tires begin to lose traction and for most people, the natural instinct is to take your foot off the gas pedal to gain control by allowing the vehicle to slow. Unfortunately, if the best tires are on the front, the rear tires will lose traction first causing the rear of the vehicle to slide. In this situation, many people will not turn into the skid to regain control but turn against the skid. This causes the vehicle to spin out.

Good tires on your vehicle will help with your fuel usage. It will decrease how often you need to fuel your vehicle within your fleet. For more information and fuel savings, reach out to Sokolis Group at 267-482-6155 or via website at www.sokolisgroup.com.