A lot of people immediately will think of their tires when it comes to ways to improve the look or performance of their car, truck, or SUV, but the same cannot be said for when people think of ways to immediately improve the safety of their ride. While tires may not often pop into people’s minds when it comes to vehicle safety, they should. Not only are your tires the vehicle’s only contact point with the road, they are so easy to take care of with something as simple as a periodic tire rotation. So how often do you need to rotate tires on your car, truck, or SUV?
While tires and wheels can add a lot of extra performance and flavor to the look of your ride, a lot of folks overlook them when thinking about safety features. There are no cool add-ons of features – just simple routine maintenance to keep them working at a top-level. Where things like self-driving tech, automated braking systems, and even blind-spot monitoring can get a lot of attention for ways to improve the safety and quality of your ride, drivers need to stop overlooking the simple tire rotation as a way to keep their vehicle’s performance smooth and safe.
The following is a quick breakdown of how and when you should rotate your tires to make sure your car, truck, or SUV is running the best and safest it can.
When Should You Rotate Your Tires?
The answer to the age-old question of when you should rotate your tires – like many of the truly meaningful answers in life – really comes down to the “it depends.” When talking about tires, it depends on what kind of vehicle you are driving. Is your ride a front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive? Depending on this, your tires will wear out at many different rates. For example, if you are driving a front-wheel-drive vehicle, the hardest working tires are going to be the front wheels (used for steering and braking, as well as carrying the most weight.) So, these tires are going to wear out a lot quicker than the back ones.
Knowing the wear pattern of your tires is important because rotating your tires is a way to make sure that they all wear evenly. This can help extend the life of your tires and help you stay safe while also getting the absolute most bang for your buck.
A lot of shops will recommend having your tires rotated somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 miles but this can also be thought of as having them rotated each time you take your ride in for an oil change (or you give it an oil change.) If you do not need an oil change that frequently, you should still make time to have your tires rotated at least every six months.
How To Rotate Your Tires
With the vast majority of tires out there today, there are three different tire-rotation patterns that will have most all of them covered. However, one thing to look out for is that your vehicle has equal-sized tires at the front and rear and that they do not have uni-directional tires, which simply just means tires that are only to rotate in one direction in order to function.
Here are the basic three rotation patterns that should have you and your vehicle covered:
Front-drive rotation pattern: For front-wheel drive vehicles you will want to rotate the front tires directly to the rear position on the same side, then move the rear tires to the opposite front corner (ie. rear left to front right.)
Rear-drive rotation pattern: If you are driving a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, you will want to move your rear tires directly to the front, then move the front tires to the opposite rear corners.
All-wheel-drive vehicle rotation pattern: If you have an all-wheel-drive car, truck, or SUV you will want to make use of the crisscross pattern for your tire rotation. This means moving your right front tire to the left rear, and vice versa in order to assure a more even wearing of the tread.
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