Taking good care of your tires is essential for safe driving and saving money on unnecessary replacements. While you may know the importance of keeping them properly inflated and aligned, rotating tires is another vital part of tire maintenance that is often overlooked. Not sure what the benefits of this service are or how often to get it done? Here are three reasons why regularly rotating your tires will keep your vehicle running smoothly for miles to come.
1. Lengthen Your Tires’ Lifespan
By rotating your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, in our expert advice, you can significantly extend their lifespan. Most tire wear happens on the rear tires since that’s where all the power goes. Rotating them from back to front allows even tire wear so you don’t end up prematurely replacing the back ones first. It’s a simple process when you go in for oil changes that saves you money compared to frequently purchasing new tires. According to MyCarNeedsA.com, you should get an oil change every 3,000 miles for short-trip city stop-and-go driving (especially during cold weather), or every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for motorway driving. Getting an oil change is important enough on its own, and getting your tires rotated at the same time makes regular service even more essential.
2. Improve Gas Mileage
Surprisingly, having unevenly worn tires due to a lack of rotation services can lower your MPG. This is because the poor traction creates more rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder. By swapping your tires front to back and crisscrossing sides, you regain better traction and even wear for better fuel efficiency. It’s a key part of overall vehicle maintenance to restore lost MPG to optimal performance.
3. Enhance Driving Safety
Worn tires pose serious safety hazards to you and everyone else on the road. Tires that still have good tread life left but were never rotated are prone to blowouts, fishtailing, hydroplaning issues, and longer braking distances from uneven wear. Our team strongly advises that you avoid dangerous mishaps and keep control behind the wheel by regularly rotating tires every six months or 5,000 miles. Having them inspected each time provides peace of mind you won’t experience a devastating flat or tragic accident.
By staying proactive on maintenance through regularly rotating tires, you can save hundreds of dollars over time and avoid unnecessary hazards. In our professional experience, investing a few minutes approximately two times per year goes a long way toward protecting the costly investment you made in your tires. Don’t put it off any longer. Contact Auto Diagnostic & Repair Center today to schedule tire rotation service.