RhodieBill wrote:That is entirely your choice.... But the reason for running in the direction they are intended is to basically pump out water from the tread of the tyre to help stop aquaplaneing, so by fitting them the wrong way you are actually doing the reverse.
Using my common sense, I wouldn't test drive a car in standing water anyway.
You'd only need 3-4 dry minutes to test it, long enough to judge.
And to be honest in all my years I have only ever seen one set on "the wrong way around", so I dread to think of what standard of tyre-fitting shops/garages you have where you live???
All your years doing what though ? How many tyre/wheels do you inspect in an average week ?
The standard of tyre fitters around here is probably no better/worse than anywhere else, most are good, some are a little inept and some are diabolical.
The last full set of tyres I had fitted were a set of Yokohama sport tyres for my toy car, when I picked them up, I had to ask them to fit them again, this time using the coloured dots that denote the lightest part of the tyre fitted closest to the valve. He then had to remove all but one of the balancing weights. This was at an independant tyre fitters with a really good reputation.
TBH most of the tyres I've seen fitted the wrong way around I blame the owner swapping wheels around, usually from back to front as most tyre fitters nowadays will only fit new tyres to the rear, a lot of people get home and switch front to back..
Oh, and not only that, should something actually go wrong with the tyres like that, I wouldn't bother trying to clain on your insurance because I know where they will tell you to go....... Tyres are one of the first things they look at, and we ALL know what insurace companies can be like!!!
But, as I say, it's your choice.
I have no doubt the insurance company would balk at paying out, but also I have no doubt that there's a clause in the policy which says the insurance doesn't cover test drives and your car must be in a roadworthy condition with no faults. My mate had his Golf stolen and burned out a few years ago, they didn't pay up because his car had alloy wheels on. Standard VW ones, they were on it when he bought it..