It is a little known fact that tires can last up to 20% longer when they are regularly rotated. While length of use is important, regular tire rotation also improves fuel efficiency. The best recommendation is to rotate your tires every 6,000 miles and keep that as part of a routine maintenance schedule.
What causes wear on tires?
One of the biggest factors regarding the importance of tire rotation is that vehicles have uneven distribution of weight, causing uneven wear. In particular, front-wheel vehicles place a lot of stress on tires from the steering, braking and weight of the engine. Incorrect tire pressure is another factor that causes even wear.
Why rotate your tires?
When you rotate your tires, it helps even out the distribution of weight on the tires. When you rotate and control the weight distribution on the tires, they will wear more evenly and in turn you will get a more even ride. In addition, regular tire rotation allows you to improve gas mileage as your tires age and show signs of wear and tear. With evenly worn tires, braking also is improved, helping brake more evenly and within a shorter stopping distance.
One common issue with tires that aren’t rotated is that when it does come time to for new tires, often you will have to purchase one or two tires because of uneven wear and tear. Shortly afterwards you will find yourself buying another set of two tires. Rotating tires and evenly wearing them saves you the trouble of separate visits and helps reduce the cost of purchase.
If you do happen to see your tires wearing unevenly, make sure to have an ASE-certified auto technician check them out and inspected. If you have any further questions regarding your tires’ health, be sure to give us a call at 262-968-3324!