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One of my winter tires recently acquired a nail and could not be repaired, so I purchased two new winter tires. The question is: should they go on the front or the back? – Bob

Definitely better tires to the rear. First-hand experience and repeated testing in a wide variety of conditions has proven you want the better grip on the rear tires. When placed on the front, the result is a much higher tendency for the rear to lose grip in turns. And when that does happen, it happens quickly, leaving little time for reaction.

Winter tires and Florida

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I will be driving to Florida in February and expect to stay there for two months. Should I change my winter tires for all-season tires for the drive? – John

Tough one, but I'd lean toward the side of safety. You might consider the all-seasons if you are able to move your departure and return ahead or behind by a day or two, watch the weather forecasts closely for those first and last two days of travel and plan accordingly – assuming you live in an area where winter and poor road conditions will be over and temperatures will be well above freezing when you return. If not, use the winter tires as they are more suited to conditions the first and last two days of travel and upon your return. There will be some extra wear, but since the majority of your driving will likely be on the highway, it will be minimal. Most wear and tear occurs at low speeds where there is a lot of steering like on city streets and in parking lots.

Revenue generators

The new Kia Cadenza I just bought will take a few weeks to get here and Kia has asked me if I want to have the car undercoated and if I want to have it treated with a product that would preserve the finish, never requiring it to be waxed. I rejected both offers. Should I have? – Ron

Good choices. Neither is required and both are nothing more than revenue generators for the salesman and dealership

Glaring issue

While considering ownership of a Toyota Camry while at a dealer showroom, the salesperson gave us a demonstration of the navigation panel. The sun was shining through the windscreen and it was impossible to read the navigation screen. He laughed, and shielded it with a piece of cardboard. However, you can't drive while holding a piece of cardboard. So now we may give this nice-looking Camry a miss. Your thoughts? – Ann and John

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Unfortunately, that is not an uncommon issue. Some instrument panel designs are more successful than others in preventing glare. All areas of the instrument panel are subjected to crash tests and even something as simple as a pull-out shade can have ramifications.

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