TO ROTATE OR NOT TO ROTATE, THAT IS THE QUESTION.
Updated: Sep 24, 2019
In today’s blog I’m going to look at the importance of rotating your tyres and the benefits that it gives not only to how your vehicle drives and handles but also to your back pocket.
Tyre manufacturers will never give you a firm number when it comes to how many kilometres you should get out of a set of tyres and considering all of the variables it is easy to see why. However, with regular rotations, checking your tyre pressure and keeping your eyes on them you can ensure that you are getting the maximum life out of your tyre.
There are a few factors that contribute to tyre wear:
· Types of roads you drive on
· Driving at high speeds for long periods
· Carrying or towing heavy loads
· Camber of your tyres (the angle that your front tyres sit at to assist with cornering)
· Doing regular burn outs to show off to your mates
Obviously the last one is not only a great way to tear up your tyres but also a great opportunity to make yourself a temporary Territorian or worse injuring somebody else so please keep this to the drag strip!
Because your tyres will wear at different rates depending on the side of the vehicle they are on and also if they are on the front or back it is important to share the load around to create an even wear across all four tyres. By creating an even wear you will increase the life of your tyres, save yourself some money by not replacing them as often and most importantly keep you and your family safe.
How to rotate your tyres is also very important depending on if you have a front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, different sized wheels front to back or the type of tyre you have on your vehicle. Some tyres are uni-directional meaning they are only designed to rotate in one direction, if these are not fitted correctly then it can severely impact how they grip to the road and how well your tyres disperse water in wet weather driving.
Following are some diagrams showing how your tyres should be rotated with the above in mind.
As a general rule of thumb, you should be rotating your tyres every 10,000kms but again this is dependent on the driving conditions and when you consider having your tyres rotated with us here at ATIC only costs you $48.40 inc GST that is a small price to pay for keeping you safe.
So next time you book your vehicle in for a service or any work make sure you ask us to also do a tyre rotation, you will save money in the long run.
Until next time!