Are you familiar with the benefits of regular tyre rotation?

5-Jan-2016
Author: JT Hughes

Tyre Rotation Benefits.

Tyre rotation is a simple technique that enables you to extend the lifespan of your car’s tyres, saving you money in the long-term. A quick task that can become part of your car’s regular maintenance schedule, the benefits of wheel alignment easily outweigh the moderate amount of time required to complete the rotation – and they’re not just limited to the extra mileage the tyres will be able to complete. You can also expect to enjoy improved handling when driving and better fuel consumption, giving you a ride that is safer, more comfortable and cheaper on the wallet.

Tyre Rotation

If you’re unfamiliar with the advantages of tyre rotation, you may be interested to learn more about how this simple technique can be beneficial for your driving and your budget:

Improved tyre lifespan.

Tyres wear over time and distance, with the cheaper versions usually faring less well than premium brands. But protecting your tyres against uneven wear – which will cause them to require earlier replacement – depends on a number of factors including inflating them to the right pressure level, not overloading your vehicle and ensuring the wheel alignment is always precise – all of which can be easily overlooked in hectic lifestyles.

Rotating the tyres on your car can help to overcome the problem of uneven wear, although this is not a substitute for ensuring the wheel alignment is corrected and the tyres are always inflated to the recommended psi. However, other influences, such as uneven terrain and your driving style, can be a factor in uneven wear. Rotating the tyres – typically switching the front wheels with the back and the left with the right simultaneously – can help to distribute the wear more evenly, extending the life of the tyres by up to 20%.

Improved fuel consumption.

Rotating tyres helps to improve fuel consumption, meaning you’ll be refuelling less often and therefore saving money. When tyres begin to wear, your car’s engine has to work harder to maintain a grip on the road, meaning it consumes fuel more quickly. By rotating the tyres, you can spread the wear evenly, meaning there is reduced friction between the tyre and the road surface and traction increases, giving a smoother ride that relies on less effort on the part of the engine.

With the engine able to work more effectively again, fuel consumption is optimised, so you can expect to see a tank of fuel last longer and the distance between refuels lengthen.

Better vehicle performance.

Tyres that are becoming worn tend to offer a less comfortable ride because the same part of the tread, which is wearing thin, is in constant contact with the surface of the road and traction decreases. By rotating the tyres, you are exposing a different part of the tread to wear, giving better performance and a smoother ride as well as a more effective grip on wet and icy roads. You’ll enjoy more secure cornering and handling on bends, while rotated tyres also respond more quickly to your input (for example, when braking suddenly), giving you increased confidence in your car’s ability to stop quickly if needed.

Tyre rotation should ideally take place between every 3,000 and 6,000 miles and it can be beneficial to have your wheels balanced and the wheel alignment corrected at the same time. The underlying benefit of tyre rotation is that your car’s tyres will require less frequent replacement and your vehicle will operate more efficiently – the benefits of both being a saving on your budget that you’ll be grateful to receive. You’ll also be reassured that your car will be safer to drive, particularly in potentially dangerous situations where you need to respond quickly to avoid a collision, keeping you and your passengers as safe as possible. We always recommend to seek professional advice and not attempt to do this yourself.

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