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I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta in snowy Pennsylvania. The car is a front wheel drive. Can I get by with only 2 snow tires in the front?

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Colleen McGee, Driving Instructor at Americas Driving School It's always safest to have all four tires match. Reputable mechanics and tire shops would say put snow tires on all four wheels.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Greetings A. Tiberio, NO, NO & a Big No! Having only 2 snow tires in the front is like trying to run on a slippery snowy walk with a snow boot on one foot and a tennis shoe on the other. Do yourself a favor and get 4 snow tires!

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube It is best to match the tires on all 4. To do otherwise could make control more difficult.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Even with having 2 chains on the front tires, you could still slip & fishtail depending on conditions.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive The old theory for front wheel drive vehicles was to have the two good tires in the front for better traction. Studies now show that having better tread in the back will prevent your vehicle from losing control when driving in less than ideal conditions, regardless of whether the car is front wheel, rear wheel, or all wheel drive. Many of the tire manufacturers recommend putting the new tires on the back. If you search on most tire manufacturer websites, this information will be there. An educated tire center would be able to look at what kind of tires (tread pattern) you currently have on your vehicle now and what kind of condition they are in. Based on that information, they should be able to properly determine how many tires you would need for right now. If it were my car, I would do all four tires.

Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. Hello! When you purchase winter tires they should be installed in sets of (4). Installing only two tires will give the car a kind of split personality and will decrease the handling of the vehicle. Remember, it is as important to be able to stop as to go. Put the four tires on your car and you will be amazed by the difference in winter traction! Julie

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