The depth of tread on a tire directly impacts the point a tire will begin to hydroplane.
FACT: Tires on the front will wear more than tires on the rear of a vehicle.
FACT: If rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, the tires on the vehicle will have reasonably even tread.
FACT: Most don't rotate tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Thus, the the front tires have worn out and the back tires still have some tread life left on them. They are told by service people they only need to replace the front tires.
FACT: If one pair of tires has more tread, then the pair of tires with less tread will hydroplane with less water on the road surface than the other pair.
FACT: If the pair of tires which hydroplane first are on the front of the vehicle, it is far easier to regain control of the vehicle. In such case the driver will feel the skid in the steering when the skid begins. The intuitive action of taking your foot off the accelerator and steering into the direction of the skid will prevent loss of control. But when it is the back tires which skid first, it is much more difficult to control. The skid is harder to detect because it isn’t felt in the steering wheel and the actions to control are counterintuitive (turning away from the direction of the skid).
Thus: All tire manufacturer recommends that the new tires (or in a rotation situation) that the tires with the most tread be mounted on the rear.
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