It’s one thing to buy tires, but it’s another thing entirely to learn how to keep your tires turning. When you rotate your car’s tires — that is, switch them around from front to back, or side-to-side — you extend the life of your tire tread and ensure a smoother ride. But how often should you do that?
When Should I Rotate My Tires?
The frequency with which you rotate your tires depends on several factors, including the type of tires you have and the type of vehicle you drive. Generally speaking, however, most car owners should rotate their tires every 5,000 miles. That said, if the manufacturer of your car recommends otherwise (some suggest rotating every 3,000 miles), then follow that advice instead. The recommendation of the manufacturer will usually be printed in your owner’s manual or on a sticker inside one of the doors.
In addition to these broad recommendations, there are other indicators that can tell you when it’s time to rotate your tires. One sign is uneven tire wear; if you notice that all four of your tires don’t look exactly alike when viewed from above (uneven wear being visible as bald patches or even ridges across the surface), then it may be time for a rotation.
Another sign is an increase in vibration while driving; if this occurs after a long period of smooth sailing on the highway (or any road) then pay attention and visit a mechanic or service center right away.
What Are Other Tire Maintenance Tips?
Rotating your tires is only one part of keeping them in good shape and extending their life span. Here are some additional tips for tire maintenance: Check pressure regularly; check alignment once per year; inspect tread depth every few months; always use appropriate tire chains for winter driving conditions; avoid potholes whenever possible; and avoid overloading your vehicle with excess weight. If done correctly, these simple steps will help keep your car running smoothly for years to come!
Taking good care of your car’s tires is essential if you want them to last as long as possible and provide a safe and comfortable ride each time you take off down the road. The best way to ensure proper tire maintenance is by having them on a set schedule. Keep a close eye on your wheels and make sure you know how to keep your tires turning.