Should the best tires be on the front or the back of my rear wheel drive econoline van?
I thought it was common sense that you would want the best tires on the front because that is where the steering and most of the breaking takes place.
The last 2 times I took my van into the Valvoline Quick Lube place for an oil change, the guy there told me that I should rotate my tires so that the best ones are on the rear. The first time they told me this I argued with the guy and told him that steering and breaking were more important than acceleration. He didn't buy my argument and said that the National Highway and Safety Institute (or something like that) recommends that the best tires be on the rear in all rear wheel drive vehicles, but he didn't remember why. I said "no-thanks" and just left it at that. Then I went in for another oil change today and a different guy again told me the same thing and I looked over at the garage bay next to the one my van was in and there was another econoline van just like mine that they were doing this to. They rotated the guy's nearly bald tires to the front and put his better ones in the back.
To me, this doesn't seem like a safe thing they are telling people to do, but what do I know, I am not a highly trained oil change monkey like they are.