Tire rotation is an important part of vehicle maintenance that doesn’t always get enough
attention. Tire rotation improves your tires’ longevity. When tires are rotated, their positions
change from one wheel position to the other.
Tire Rotation Positions
Rotating tires entails one of the following:
• Right to left or vice versa
• Back to front wheels
• Diagonal movement
The primary goal of rotating tires is to preserve the health of your tires, as well as
eliminate problems that can happen on the road when your tires don’t wear evenly.
Reasons to Rotate Your Tires
You may have noticed that your tires wear out unevenly, especially your front tires. The
outside edges of the front tires wear out a bit more because of the tires’ positioning
when you turn a corner. Without regular rotation, your tires will likely wear out several
thousand miles sooner than anticipated.
Other Reasons Rotation Matters
There are other good reasons to rotate your tires besides ensuring better wear.
• Tires that wear evenly usually sustain less damage when driving under less than
• Your car will handle a lot more easily, increasing safety overall and giving you
better protection if the road conditions become less than ideal
• Rides in your car will be far smoother, making every trip in your car a lot more
What Usually Happens During a Rotation
• All of the tires and wheels get moved to their new positions
• The brakes are checked, because having the wheels and tires off makes them
• Air pressure can be both checked and adjusted, as needed
How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Most experts recommend rotating your tires about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. This rate
roughly corresponds with the interval for oil changes, so you’ll be able to remember more