Tire rotation is the action of repositioning your vehicle’s tires to ensure all wear is spread evenly. For example, tires in the back may need to be rotated to the front, and vice versa, or tires on one side may need to be rotated to the other side to maintain your tires’ care.
Now, you may be asking yourself how often should I rotate the tires on my vehicle? Well, auto maintenance professionals recommend rotating your tires after an estimated 5,000 miles.
One of the easiest ways to remember when to rotate your tires is by your oil changes. Each oil change should occur between every 5,000 and 7,000 miles, so this is a great method to utilize as a point of remembrance to get your tires rotated.
“First, by routinely rotating tires, wear is spread evenly across all four tires, and their tread life is maximized. That’s because each specific position on your vehicle requires a different give from each tire and can lead to more, or less, wear on the tire. Secondly, even tread wear keeps the tread depth on your tires uniform, which can help keep traction and handling consistent across all tires; this will improve cornering and braking performance and keep your vehicle safer for driving.”
Often, auto and tire shops will rotate your tires for free if you purchased tires from them or with any scheduled service.
Here are three signs your tires need to be rotated:
- Vibrations while driving
- Uneven wear amongst all tires
- Losing air pressure
If you’re experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, you may want to book an appointment to get tires rotated as soon as possible to increase longevity and maintain safety.