How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

A tire rotation is a process of regularly repositioning your car's tires in different patterns from front to back or side to side. It is highly encouraged that you do this because it is a vital element of tire maintenance and safety. Additionally, rotating your tires may also be a requirement to keep your tires covered under warranty. 


As mentioned before, tire rotation means periodically swapping the position of each of the tires on your car. Your vehicle's manufacturer sets the interval to which you should rotate your tires. However, the industry standard is every 5,000 miles. For many of you, that means you should get it done every time you get an oil change. Frequently getting your tires rotated also gives you an open opportunity to check their air pressure, have them balanced if you're noticing any vibration, and check their tread.


Why Is a Tire Rotation So Important?

There are many benefits to a tire rotation. It is such an essential element of your car maintenance. By routinely rotating your tires, wear is spread equally distributed across all four tires. As a result of even tread, you can prolong the life of your tires. Each position on your vehicle requires a different give from each tire. For instance, the wheels on the front of a front-wheel-drive car will take a larger proportion of the torque and friction needed to turn, accelerate, and brake. Secondly, even treadwear keeps the tread depth on your tires uniform, which can support traction and your handling consistent across all four wheels. Furthermore, this will improve cornering and braking performance and ensure your safety every time you get behind the wheel. If your vehicle is an all-wheel-drive, evenly worn tires lower the pressures on the drivetrain, reducing wear on costly drive components.


If you require a tire rotation or any other tire maintenance services (balancing, alignment, replacement, etc.), bring your vehicle to Dragonfly Automotive. Our trained technicians will be happy to assist you. We promise to get you back on the road safely in no time! Give us a call or visit our shop in San Diego, CA.