Car Hack: Rotate your tyres to extend their life and improve performance!
Tyre rotation means periodically changing the position of each of the tyres on your vehicle
Tyre rotation means periodically changing the position of each of the tyres on your vehicle. You should rotate your tyres as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, or every 10 000km’s. For most, that will mean when you get your vehicle’s oil changed.
Tyre wear and tear is natural part of driving, unfortunately. Since most cars are front-engine cars, the front axle bears more weight than the rear axle. This means your front tyres wear quicker than your back tyres.
There are also other causes of uneven wear, such as:
- Turning left. Most interchanges and parking ramps require you to turn left. Left turns are tighter than right turns, causing your right front tyre to wear out faster than the left.
- Sidewall damage. The sidewalls on your left tyres are more likely to get bumped and rubbed against the pavement when parking your car. This can cause asymmetric sidewall wear.
- Braking. Heavy, sudden, and frequent braking can add stress to your front tyres.
Tip: Rotating your tyres will help ensure even tread wear, allowing them to last longer.
Rotation entails swopping the back and front tyres around first, and then swopping the left and right front tyres. The tyre rotation pattern that’s best for your vehicle will depend on a few thigs including: the type of tyre you’re using, whether your vehicle is front, rear, all, or four-wheel drive, and whether your tyres are directional or non-directional.