How often should I rotate my tires?

Did you know that when you buy a full set of four tires from Rubber On Wheels, we offer free tire rotations? We do. Remember regular tire rotations help eliminate premature tire wear and could save you hundreds of dollars.

We recommend following your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations for tire rotation. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend rotating your vehicle’s tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

It is an advantage when all four tires wear together because as wear reduces a tire’s tread depth, it maintains the handling and helps increase the tire’s cornering traction. Tire rotation maintenance will keep your tires wearing evenly, improving your car’s handling and overall performance. When done properly, tire rotation can extend the life of your tires, improve your gas mileage and help ensure that your car handles in a steady and predictable manner, maximizing traction on all four wheels.

Rotating your tires means moving them from one side of the vehicle to the other, moving them from front to back, or a combination of both. This helps the tires to wear evenly by allowing each tire to serve in as many of the vehicle’s wheel positions as possible. When you leave all four tires in the same corner of your car without rotating them, some tires will wear out faster than others. While you may not think that’s such a bad thing, some of the tread on individual tires could wear unevenly, which leads to poor performance and handling, and that’s important when you need to make a sudden turn or stop.

Another way to know when it’s time for tire rotation, in case you haven’t been tracking your miles, is to take a look when you perform your monthly tire check. Check your tire pressure and look at your tires for any objects or debris that are wedged between the tire treads. Also take a moment to check for irregular wear patterns. If you see irregular wear patterns it may mean your tires need rotating. If the irregular wear problems are extreme and you see that your tread depth is less than 1/16 of an inch, then it’s past the time for tire rotation and time for new tires.

To keep things simple, some people choose to have their tires rotated after every other oil change. It may be easier to keep track of it that way.