Two or four winter tyres?
Are you tempted to fit winter tyres only to the drive axle? Not a good calculation: you risk doing a pirouette on the first corner.
Fitting winter tyres only to the drive axle is not enough to ensure your safety during the winter season. With two winter tyres, you will have traction on driving off, but at the same time you will create unbalance between the front and rear trains. and no matter what the mode of transmission: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or integral transmission.
- With a front-wheel drive, winter tyres fitted on the front axle destabilize the rear, which risks causing loss of grip at the rear.
- With a rear-wheel drive, winter tyres fitted on the rear axle destabilize the front, which risks causing the car to leave the road on a bend.
In any case, the only way to ensure your car behaves well when the weather conditions deteriorate is to fit it with four winter tyres.
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