Having tires in good condition is one of the key factors that keep you safe on the road – after all, your tires are the only thing that gives your car a direct connection to the road. And one of the simplest things you can do to keep your tires in good condition is to rotate them periodically.
Unfortunately, most drivers don’t tend to pay a whole lot of attention to tires unless they get a flat. This is too bad because good tires help to keep you safe.
When should you rotate your tires?
Whether you have front, rear, or all-wheel drive on your vehicle, you will notice different wear patterns on your tires. The driving wheels will tend to wear more quickly because they have to work harder when you drive your vehicle. For example, with a front-wheel drive car, the front wheels will likely exhibit wear before the back wheels.
With periodic tire rotation, you can extend the life of your tires because they will wear more evenly. For most vehicles, your tires should be rotated every 8000 to 12,000 kilometres (5,000 to 8,000 miles) or every six months. If you use winter tires, the technicians at Victory Lube will mark your tires before they are switched so that when the season changes and you change them again, they will be rotated when they are put back on.
Benefits of Rotating Your Tires
There are several benefits to regular tire rotation, including:
Improved Tire Life: Tires wear out differently depending on their position on the vehicle, as weight distribution and other factors impact the way they wear down. Rotating your tires regularly ensures that they wear more evenly, which helps prolong their lifespan.
Better Handling: Uneven tire wear can also affect your vehicle’s handling and performance, making it more difficult to steer, stop, or accelerate. By rotating your tires, you can help maintain better handling and performance and improve overall safety on the road.
Cost Savings: By extending the life of your tires, you can avoid having to replace them prematurely, which can be significant cost savings over time. Additionally, regular tire rotation can help you avoid other costly repairs, such as suspension or alignment issues arising from uneven tire wear.
Increased Safety: Uneven tire wear can cause your vehicle to handle poorly, especially in wet or icy conditions. Regular tire rotation can help ensure that your tires have a consistent tread level, which can improve your vehicle’s handling and safety.
Improved Fuel Efficiency: Worn-out or unevenly worn tires can also cause your vehicle to use more fuel, as they create more resistance and require more power to move. By rotating your tires and ensuring that they wear evenly, you can help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, saving you money on gas over time.
Maintains Warranty: Many tire manufacturers require regular tire rotations to maintain the warranty on their tires. By rotating your tires as recommended, you can ensure that your tires remain covered under warranty if any issues arise.
Winter and Summer Tire Changes
Having a second set of winter tires will not only help keep you safe but will also help extend your tires’ life. Not only do you get the added safety, but you’ve extended the life of your tires by splitting the miles driven across two sets and rotating each season to maximize the life of both sets.
Plus, when your purchase a set of Bridgestone or Firestone tires from Victory Lube, you receive
- Free Rotations – We’ll rotate the position of your tires every 8,000 km for the first year of your tires. Available at Long Lake, Falconbridge, Val Caron, and Midland Locations as part of our Road Hazard warranty.
Contact Victory Lube today or Drive in – No Appointment Necessary
Are you due for a tire rotation on your vehicle? Visit your nearest Victory Lube location, and let us take care of that for you.