Taking your car in to get your tires rotated regularly may seem tedious and it might even be something you forget to do at times – but DON’T SLACK ON IT! It’ll cost you way more on the other end if you blow it off. Don’t worry, we’re here to teach you how, when, and why you should seriously care about rotating your tires.
Let’s start with the motivating factor – WHY? Rotating your tires helps them wear evenly and at the same time. If ignored, this can shorten the life of your tires, requiring you to replace them more often than you’d otherwise have to, or it could cause problems while driving that may eventually lead to a blowout. Either way, definitely not worth the risk. We recommend that you rotate your tires every 5000-7000 miles, which is typically around every 6 months. The best way to rotate them is in what’s called a “cross-rotation pattern.” This gives you optimally balanced tread wear and maximum tread life. A cross-rotational pattern means moving the left-front tire to the right-rear axle – then the right-front tire to the left-rear axle, etc. Below is a chart that categorizes the best rotational pattern per your vehicle type.
|Your Vehicle Type||Tire Type||Rotational Pattern|
|Rear & four-wheel drive||Directional||Rearward cross or X|
|Front-wheel drive||Non-directional||Forward cross or X|
|Same-size wheels||Directional||Front to rear|
|Different-size wheel||Non-directional||Side to side|