Tire rotation is the process of moving your tires from one position to another (i.e., the front/rear and driver/passenger sides of your vehicle). Since tires at the front of a vehicle wear differently than tires at the rear, regular rotations are critical to the maintenance and longevity of your tires. Additionally, many tire mileage warranties are not valid, unless the tires are regularly rotated.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or according the intervals outlined by your manufacturer. If you notice uneven wear, your tires may need to be rotated before your next scheduled 5,000 mile interval.
Tire Rotation Patterns
The image below displays the recommended rotation pattern for most vehicles. Your owner’s manual will contain the manufacturer recommended pattern for your vehicle, or you can consult one of our experts at your local Best-One® Tire & Service location. Do not include your spare tire in the rotation pattern unless it is a full-sized, matching tire.
Image courtesy of Bridgestone.
Here’s a quick tip …
Consider timing your tire rotations to coincide with your oil changes. Why not take care of both vehicle maintenance items at one time? Also, tell your local tire and service professional if you’ve noticed vibrations or pulling, and if you suspect any tire damage. We’ll gladly inspect your tires and recommend any additional services you might need, such a tire balance, repair or an alignment.
Nate Zolman, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist
Driving in the winter can be dangerous no matter what the conditions, as winter weather itself presents a whole set of concerns for drivers.
Cars tend to break down more frequently in the winter as liquids in your vehicle freeze causing your parts to become more brittle. Road conditions can also cause a variety of problems.
Here are a few expert tips for winter driving:
It is essential to you have your car inspected for winter by checking the battery life, exhaust system, brakes, lights, wiper blades, etc. – as well as the obvious things like your thermostat, heater, defroster, washer fluid, antifreeze and tires.
I recommend turning on your headlights and counting to five PRIOR to starting your vehicle. This gives your battery time to warm up and cycle.
You also need to have your tires checked for tread depth. A tire should have at least a 5/32 depth or better in tread. This will give you better traction. You will also need to have the air pressure checked in all tires.
This winter, you might want to consider putting a full set (four) of snow tires on your vehicle. It’s not that all season tires are bad, but they are generally made from harder materials that will not conform to the road surface in low temperatures as well as snow tires. It is also a good idea to put on four snow tires (not just two) because two will cause you to spin out while braking or cornering.
Lastly, be prepared by having a winter car care kit. This should contain a flashlight, reflectors, first aid kit, blankets and even some kitty litter. (Kitty litter can provide valuable traction in slippery conditions.)
By Roger Clark, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist