The roadways can be a dangerous place, especially if your tires are in an unsafe condition. Bad tires can be caused by the mileage accrued over time, weather conditions, terrain conditions, style of driving and maintenance provided by the vehicle owner. One way to increase the life of your tires, and keep them safe, is by performing a routine tire rotation.
The pressure your tires face are different on all four wheels due to the location. For example, your front tires take on a heavier load than the back tires because of the weight of the engine, the fact that they control the steering and direction of your vehicle, and when you apply the brakes, the weight of the vehicle shifts to the front. This is going to cause a great deal of wear and tear on your front tires, which is why you will want to alternate tire locations to all corners to balance out pressure and duties to ensure longevity and safety.
It’s recommended that you consult your owner’s manual for suggested times to get a tire rotation. One of the unwritten rules that many go by is getting a tire rotation whenever an oil change is performed. The recommended timeframe to rotate your tires is every 3,000 to 6,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. For someone who drives in a city with many starts and stops, you’ll want to have your tires rotated closer to the 3,000 mile mark. For those that face less traffic, a tire rotation every 6,000 miles is recommended.
The benefits of having your tires rotated include:
- Avoid wear and tear
- Better performance
- Better gas mileage
- Maximizes traction
- Smoother ride
How Often to Rotate Tires Depends on the Following Signs:
- Uneven tire wear: You’ll want to gauge the depth in the treads of each tire, in different locations of the tire. If the treads have different depths around the tire, your tires are wearing down unevenly. Also, check for “feathering,” which is when one side of the tread is round and the other side is still holding an edge. Again, this is another sign of uneven wear.
- Tire noise and vibration: There should be no road noise when you drive. Drive your vehicle on a flat, smooth road surface and listen for loud noise.
- Uneven front to rear tread wear: Because front tires can wear down twice as fast as back tires, uneven front to back tread wear is a sign that it’s time to rotate the front tires to the back.
There are many dangers to not performing regular tire rotations. In the conditions of weather and traffic, a worn down and bald tire is going to have no traction or grip, which could send you off course or prevent you from stopping in time. Be sure to pay attention to the condition of your tires and keep up with regular maintenance for safety and longevity.