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The Right Tire in the Right Place Makes All the Difference

I was invited to Greenville, South Carolina by Michelin and my travel expenses were covered. As always, opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Michelin team didn’t know when they invited me out to Greenville, South Carolina to visit Laurens Proving Grounds that I’ve always been a Michelin girl. My father always put Michelin tires on his vehicles, so naturally, I just followed suit.

During my visit earlier in the week, I learned so much about tires and their purpose, and that the right tire in the right place makes all the difference.

michelin laurens proving groundsWhile I was in Greenville I was able to experience hands-on activities that showed how tires perform in different weather conditions. It’s easy to discount claims from manufacturers on commercials, online ads, etc., but when you are given the opportunity to get behind the wheel, drive and experience terrifying events, you see first hand that there really is science behind the claims.

One of the hands-on activities was to show how having the right tire in the right place makes all the difference. There were two cars, both Corollas, one had worn tires on the back and the other had worn tires on the front. The purpose of this experience was to prove that anytime you purchase new tires, the worn tires should always go on the front.


I know. If you ask most tire dealers, car dealerships, etc., they recommend that the worn tires be placed in the rear. Watch this video and you will see why worn tires should always go on the front. Keep your eye on the grey car.

Prior to filming that video, I drove the Corolla with the worn tires in the front. There were no spin-outs, no hydroplaning. I could feel in the steering wheel when I needed to make corrections, so I slowed down to compensate.

Want to know why the worn tires should always go on the front? It’s actually quite simple and makes complete sense.

When you are driving, if something goes awry in the front end of your vehicle, you are going to feel it in your steering wheel first and be able to make adjustments to your driving. When you feel something in your steering wheel, it serves as a warning signal that something is going wrong in the front end and you need to think quickly and make the appropriate adjustments.

When something goes wrong in the back end of your vehicle, you have no warning signal. By the time you realize something is wrong, it’s too late. Just like that video showed. I had no idea I was about to lose control. I didn’t feel anything that threw up a red flag.

Ideally, it is best to replace all four tires at the same time, but if that isn’t possible, placing the worn tires in the front is the way to go.

Just keep this in mind when purchasing new tires for your vehicle: “Assign a value and not a cost.”

Have you ever experience hydroplaning?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    I’ve never actually hydroplaned before, I’m a very cautious driver! Thought, omg, I wanna drive around that track! lol

  2. 2

    I never knew that about worn tires should be in the front. Good to know, thanks for sharing, I will ask my hubs if he was aware of this.

  3. 3

    Quality tires do make a worlds of difference!!

  4. 4

    I’ve tried that but believe Hubs has. He definitely has his tore preferences and Michelin is one!

  5. 5

    I’ve experienced hydroplaning and it’s scary. Our sedan is due for tires and we’ve been putting it off. Got to take care of that stat!

  6. 6

    I hate hydroplanning. Totaled my car at 39 and half weeks pregnant by it. But yes quality tires with great tread makes the world of difference in driving.

  7. 7

    That is very interesting. I’ve never heard that worn tires should be in the front. My husband just replaced two tires on his truck but needs to replace two more. Guess where they are? On the rear of the truck. I’m going to encourage him to switch them until he gets them replaced.

  8. 8

    I have experienced hydroplaning and it was scary! It’s just like hitting a patch of ice and you are totally not in control anymore. We need new tires on my vehicle!

  9. 9

    YES! Good Tires are a must! I love the Michelin brand and they are definitely one I trust.

  10. 10

    I’ve never experiences it but it sounds scary. I should check my tires. Not sure how long I have had them.

  11. 11

    I had no idea the worn tires needed to go in the front! Very interesting. I have never hydroplaned before and hope i never do!

  12. 12

    That tip about the tires is really interesting and something I hadn’t thought about before – I’m going to think about doing this myself!

  13. 13

    We’ve always put the new ones on the front! I need to send hubby a link to that video!

  14. 14

    This is really good information!

  15. 15

    Sure have experienced hydroplaning and to dire consequences. To be fair it was a combination of icy slush and poor road surface coupled with my crappy old car BUT my husband got the brunt of a telephone pole. That day I learned the importance of car seats, seatbelts and always having your cell phone handy. We were driving separately that night and he decided not to let me leave alone with the baby. I’m glad he drove my car but so sorry that he got hurt. It’s all good now, but we don’t skimp on tires or vehicle maintenance anymore.

  16. 16

    This is great information. I will remember this from now on when I get new tires.

  17. 17

    Interesting. I will need all four tires replaced soon.

  18. 18

    I experienced hydroplaning early on in my driving years… I learned to be more careful when driving in the rain after that. 🙂

  19. 19

    were both cars front wheel drive cars? or rear wheel drive cars? Where the tires (the worn ones) go on different cars is important to know. (according to my daddy)

  20. 20

    We’ve always put the new ones on the front! I’m paranoid about keeping this in top condition on our car.

  21. 21

    Thankfully I have not! We always change all 4 tires out at the same time. But I wonder if when we have them rotated when the car is serviced whether they put the ones that are more worn in the front if there is a difference in tread wear. I’m going to have to ask next time!

  22. 22

    No but I others that have. Thanks for the tip on putting the tires up front!

  23. 23

    I stopped and asked my husband this question since he worked for about 5 years in the auto industry and was impressed that he gave the exact answer. He said…

    It use to be the new tires go in the front but recently the thought has shifted to new tires in the back for the same reason you posted here. Made me smile and feel safe that he knew what he was talking about.

  24. 24

    It is amazing how much of a difference tires make.

  25. 25

    Luckily I’ve never hydroplaned, and I hope to never experience it! That makes total sense about the placement! I never would have thought of it, though.

  26. 26

    Some good information in there. I had no idea the worn tires should always go on the front, I thought they were supposed to go in the back.

  27. 27

    I’ve hydroplaned a few times on the highway for seconds. I could feel the tires grip the pavement again. It’s a scary feeling when it happens though.

  28. 28

    Every single time the roads are wet. My car hydroplanes like crazy, it is very scary at times. I’ll have to ask hubs if he knew that about the tires, I sure didn’t so thanks for the heads up!

  29. 29

    Interesting. Yes, I’ve hydroplaned before. It’s scary.

  30. 30

    I’ve had some pretty crummy tires in the past, and YES I’ve hydroplaned, and it’s SCARY!

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