Originally Posted by Figuero
Intuition would agree with you, but the logic is flawed. I agree that too much throttle will cause the rear to lose traction but in extreem weather it's about available traction, not throttle setting. Look at this video and keep in mind that the demo is using a FWD car so the throttle has nothing to do with rear traction. The demo is about hydroplaning, snow and ice would be much more dramatic. Mixing Tires | Michelin Tires
Virtually every tire company says put the good tires on the rear.
Nice video. Looks like me this winter, except I did a couple of 360's, and that is when it gets a little hairy.
Hard braking in winter, should be avoided at all costs, except in emergency of course, and keeping your distance from "everything" is the best policy.
It is not me, that worries me, it is the other guy, and what they are about to do.
New tires on the rear, would have cost me less pairs of shorts this winter, for sure.
All the hairy moments this winter, were caused by loss of REAR traction, and none by the front. With less weight over the tires in the rear, they are the first to "give way" when the road surface is slippery. That is why you see light truck owners putting sand bags in the rear of their vehicles.
Two wheel drive owners (rear wheel drive),put sand bags in the trunk, and this helps with traction in general, keeping the tires on the road. Heavy is better.
With my 4 wheel drive truck, fully loaded is best for winter, and with about 200 lb+ added above the rear tires, I have the least problems.
"To many horses to the rear tires is bad."