Front and rear tires of vehicles operate at different loads and perform different steering and braking functions, resulting in unequal wear patterns. To get maximum life and performance from your tires, it is important to get your vehicle’s tires rotated. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for mileage recommendations. Usually tire rotation is performed between 5,000 and 7,000 miles.
Why Is It Important to Rotate My Tires?
Rotating your tires helps even out tire wear by allowing each tire to serve in as many of the vehicle's wheel positions as possible. Each wheel position can cause different wear rates and different types of tire wear. When all four tires wear together, they respond to the driver's input more quickly, maintain the handling and help increase cornering traction. In addition, when your tires wear out together, you can get a new set of tires without being forced to buy pairs. If you replace tires in sets of four, you will maintain the original handling balance.
If you never rotate tires on your car, you will develop uneven tire tread wear. When you drive, your front tires experience more stress, as they are primarily responsible for steering and turning the car. By regularly rotating the tires, the wear is spread out evenly and extends the life of all four tires. In addition to increasing the longevity of your tires, regular tire rotations will increase fuel economy (as the engine runs more efficiently on tires with even tread wear) and better overall performance.
Without regular tire rotations, you risk several tire problems, worst of them being a blowout or tire failure. Tread is also part of what prevents a vehicle from hydroplaning (aquaplaning), or losing traction when gravel is present on the road surface. Ensure the safety of your vehicle and the safety of your passengers with regular tire rotation, tire tread depth checks and complimentary tire inspections.