Why You Should Rotate Your Tires

Why You Should Rotate Your Tires

Tires roll over the road all the time which causes wear and tear. If you look closely at the tires, you would see uneven wear and tear in tires. If you leave the tires unattended, the uneven wear and tear might make an early replacement necessary. You can extend the life of tires by rotating tires. Here we have listed a few reasons why you should rotate your tires. 

What Is Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation refers to a common practice in which the position of each tire is changed in the vehicle. You can fit the rear tires at the front and vice-versa. There are several tire rotation options available and you can choose the one that best suits your tire situation. 

Why Is Tire Rotation Important? 

Tire rotation is an important element of standard tire care. By routinely rotating tires, you can ensure the wear spreads evenly across all tires and the tread life of the tires is also extended. 

Another reason to rotate tires is each tire position exerts a different amount of pressure on tires. For example, in a front-wheel-drive, the front wheel takes a large amount of torque and the front tires experience a large amount of friction while turning. This causes faster wear of the front tires especially the inner and outer rim of the tires. You need to rotate new tires every 5000 miles as the new tread is more susceptible to wear and tear. 

Tire rotation keeps the tread depth of the tires uniform which results in better handling and performance of the vehicle. It also helps in improving cornering performance and makes overall driving safer. 

Which Tire Rotation Pattern Is Right for You?

This can be a tough question to answer as several factors need to be considered before deciding the right tire rotation pattern. Some of the important factors include whether your car is all-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, or rear-wheel-drive, whether the tires are directional or non-directional, whether the size of the front and rear tires is same, here are some industry-recommended tire rotation patterns.

Tires Those Are Uniform and Non-Directional 

Rearward Cross

This rotation pattern can be applied to all-wheel-drive, front-wheel-drive, and rear-wheel-drive vehicles. In this tire rotation pattern, the rear wheel tires are moved to the front axle and the sides remain the same. The front axle tires are moved to the rear axle but in a cross-pattern. It means the front left tire goes to the rear right axle and the front right tire goes to the rear left axle. 


This tire rotation is recommended for front-wheel-drive vehicles such as sedans and light trucks. In this tire rotation pattern, all tires are moved diagonally. For example, the front right tires goto the rear left axle and vice versa. The front left tire goes to the rear right axle and vice versa. 

Forward Cross

This tire rotation pattern is the opposite of the Rearward cross. In this tire rotation pattern, the tires from the front axle are moved backward without changing sides and the rear tires are moved diagonally.

Tire rotation can maximize the tread life of the tires and help you derive maximum ROI from each tire.