Is it safe to fit winter tyres to the front wheels of a car only?

Regarding your reader RB of Sutton Coldfield fitting winter tyres only to the driven wheels of his car, last winter I fitted two winter tyres to the front of my Auris. In snowy conditions I observed the rear was a bit unstable. This was later confirmed when coming out of a bend on a loose snow-covered surface at about 30mph, the rear began to oscillate slightly, corrected itself when I removed my foot from the throttle, then slowly spun through 180 degrees coming to rest against about three feet of snow at the edge of the road. I was fortunate that there were no other vehicles around at the time. I drove at a slower pace to arrange to get winter tyres on the rear.

Asked on 28 January 2012 by RC, Melrose

Answered by Honest John
Very many thanks for endorsing my point with a real life experience. It is not easy getting through to some readers with a 1960s mindset.
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