Why you need to rotate your tires (and how often)

Are you having to get new tires every 2 or 3 years?  You might not be getting your tires rotated enough or correctly. Tire rotation is the maintenance required for your vehicle as you move the tires from one side of your vehicle to the other, back to front, and so on depending on whether you have directional or non-directional tires.

Rotating tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or mileage recommended by your tire provider is essential for your vehicle as it directly affects performance, gas mileage, and the lifespan of your tires. The weight of your vehicle is not the same in all 4 corners, which is why the back or front tires will lose traction and tread more than the others.

Rotating your tires around will evenly wear the treads to keep your tires balanced to ensure safety. Do not wait until you have driven 10,000s of miles or years as this can cause serious harm to your vehicle. Front tires will wear faster than the back tires because that is where all the steering, turning, and braking occurs. In most vehicles, the engine of the vehicle is also in the front, thus making the front even heavier. An example of this would be when you are driving and you hit your brakes, this causes all the passengers and the vehicle to shift forward making the weight heavier on the front tires causing more tread wear. The following factors can affect your tread wear:

  • Suspension issues
  • Loose Bushings
  • Weak Struts
  • Weak Bolts
  • Misaligned Tires

These factors can drastically decrease the lifespan of the tires, but regular rotation will help get any issues fixed and extend use of tires.

Monthly tire inspections are recommended to check for uneven and unwanted wear and tear. Be sure to review the owner’s manual to get specifications for your vehicle as each make and model calls for different. With tire rotations your tire pressure will also be checked to make sure they are pumped accordingly. Don’t let worn down tire treads keep you from driving safe, low tread can lead to lost in traction, which can lead to unsafe driving conditions.

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