WhatAmIDoing wrote: ↑Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:18 am
Rattnalle wrote: ↑Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:22 am
Basic road safety 101 is keep the best tyres in the rear so the car doesn't unexpectedly oversteer, especially if braking hard.
Each to his or her own but it's really terrible and dangerous advice to give someone else.
As I said, I have never had a problem nor noticed a difference. Terrible and dangerous advice would be telling him to leave half worn summer tires on. Also, you should never brake hard on winter roads ever, even with 4 new snow tires. Only brake gently when the wheels are straight.
This is a quite discussed topic, where to put the better tires, on the front or on the rear axle?
I've came to have my own conclusion on the subject: don't drive with two less good tires, be these installed on the rear or front axle. Have all tires the same quality and close to the same wear. I always install the tires with more thread on the front wheels at the start of the winter, because by the end of the winter these tires will wear more and will have the same thread depth as the rear ones. But the whole idea is to have all 4 tires with similar thread depth.
Also, since the OP mentioned this, the only reason to install studs on winter tires is when driving long distances on open roads with ice and compacted snow - usually there are secondary roads, roads that have less traffic or roads in open fields with blowing side winds. Same if the car has to climb an iced road when going to a cabin or on a steep drive way.
Other than that, what's important for a snow tire is the brand. Cheap brand tires have poor traction, are noisy, wear fast. Michelin, Toyo, Goodyear, Bridgestone are some of the top brands (also Nokian but expensive). Then there are two types of winter tires: the snow type and the ice type - depending again on the road conditions. Usually within cities a snow type is the best to move in/out parking spots with deep snow
Good tires, good wipers (Bosch Icon are sweet), and a set of traction aids in the trunk