Car tires are a hot topic all year round (even when the weather is not). After all, tires play a major part in safety; they are the one source of contact between the car and road—and a major investment in safety.
For both of those reasons, tires need to be rotated on a regular basis. Regular tire rotation ensures even tread wear on every tire, extending the life of the tires and giving you adequate (and even) tread as you drive.
The amount of time between tire rotation varies based on the tires, but a general guideline is every 6-8,000 miles (or every 6 months). The direction of the tire rotation depends on the car; front wheel drive cars are rotated slightly different than four-wheel drive and rear wheel drive vehicles. If a car has different tire sizes, the same size tires are rotated.
Rotating tires on a car or truck doesn’t take very long; schedule a tire rotation with the next oil change or make an appointment specifically for the task. As part of the tire rotation, the tire pressure can be checked to ensure that it is correct; low tire pressure can compromise the safety and wear, even shortening the life of a tire.
During a tire rotation, the mechanic can also check the tire for uneven wear. Uneven tire wear can be a sign of a car out of alignment, along with a vibration that gets worse at high speeds and a pull to the right or left. Just as with tire rotation, the exact alignment settings are different for every car. For that reason, contact a shop with the capability to not only rotate tires, but also perform an alignment that keeps you safely on the road.