When Should I Rotate My Tires?

Rotating your tires is important for several reasons. First of all, it helps you get more life out of your tires. The tread will wear down more evenly between the four tires, making it handle better when you have to come to a quick stop. It also helps improve your gas mileage.

Despite all these benefits, many people neglect to rotate their tires often enough. Without rotating your tires regularly, some tires will wear out sooner than the others.

For one thing, the front of your car will typically weigh more than the back (because of the engine). Most turns are right turns, and each turn of the wheel contributes to uneven wear and tear. This is a big reason why your front wheels (the turning wheels) will almost certainly wear out sooner than the rear tires.

When's the Best Mileage to Rotate My Tires?

There's no hard and fast rule that dictates how often you should rotate your tires, but a good rule of thumb is every 7,500 miles. That means that you'll probably be safe if you have your tires rotated every time you get your oil changed.

Some specialty tires or different brands may have specific instructions on when to rotate your tires, so it's a good idea to check with the tires' manufacturer.

If you don't drive that often, then you should still rotate your tires preferably once every six months; definitely don't go longer than one year without rotating your tires.

In the long run, rotating your tires will save you money and improve the safety of your vehicle. It's inexpensive, quick and easy for most auto mechanic shops to do-next time you're in for an oil change or routine maintenance, ask yourself when was the last time you rotated your tires.

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