Chances are, you don’t rotate your tires enough. We’re not judging, it’s just a fact. While we’re spitting facts, your tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles. A simple rule of thumb is to have your tires rotated whenever you come in for an oil change.
Tire rotations help to maintain proper tire pressure, and regularly rotating your tires will greatly reduce tire wear over the life of your tires. And guess what? A tire rotation is included in all of our scheduled maintenance packages – so we make it easy for you to remember!
A tire rotation means switching tires from one position to another on your car. That might sound like a “duh!” answer, but rotating your tires is an important part of car ownership. Usually, we'll move the front tires to the rear, and the rear tires to the front, but sometimes the tires also need to be rotated right to left and vice versa.
Tires tend to wear differently depending on the type of vehicle. Here's a rundown on how your car may wear down its tires:
Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) Vehicles – Since the front tires are the ones delivering power to the road and steering the vehicle, the front tires typically wear more quickly than the rear ones.
Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) Vehicles – The rear tires transfer power to the pavement while the front tires are doing the steering. Because of this, all four tires may wear at a similar rate, but with different wear patterns between front and rear.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Vehicles – While all four tires are providing power on the road, it's incredibly important to routinely rotate the tires on these vehicles. Differences in tread depth between the tires place extra stress on the drivetrain.
Getting new tires is a pain. That’s why rotating your tires on a regular schedule is a great idea. Regular rotations will ensure all four of your tires wear at a similar rate, extending tire lifespan and ultimately saving you time and cash.
Tire rotations also help you maintain balanced handling on your car. For example, if your rear tires still have tread left, while your front tires are bald, the vehicle could become much more difficult to control when the road is wet.
Lastly, but certainly not least, completing scheduled tire rotations is a requirement for most tire manufacturers to ensure warranties stay intact. If it's time to get the rotation switcharoo done on your tires, simply stop by your local Brakes Plus or schedule an appointment for a time that works best for you!