What you need to know about rotating your tires
Your tires are your car’s direct contact to the road, which makes them vulnerable to easy wear out. Unfortunately, the website of Mokaram & Associates, P.C. warns that a worn-out tire can cause disastrous, sometimes even fatal car accidents. So, to ensure a safe and trouble-free drive, remember to rotate your tires regularly and rotate them properly.
How regularly is regularly?
How frequently you rotate your tires depends on many different things. Do you drive more often? Are you driving alone or with passengers? Are road conditions poor? If you’re always in for a long drive, or you are driving with higher load capacity or in poor road conditions, then you should be rotating your tires more often. If this is not the case, then you may rotate every 7,500 miles or six months, whichever comes first. The safest bet here is to rotate every time you change your engine oil, which you should do at least once a year.
Put your worn-out tires on the front.
While you should never be driving with a bad tire, there will always come a time when some of your tires will wear out more than the others. When this happens, it is important to ALWAYS put your best tires at the rear axle. This is true even for front- wheel drive cars. Why? The reason behind this is to prevent your car from tail spinning.
When driving on wet roads, mounting your tires with less traction on the rear would cause them to “surf” or hydroplane without you noticing it. This will cause your car to tailspin, and may even result in injurious accidents. On the other hand, when you mount your better tires at the back and your worn-out tires in front, you may feel if your front wheels are losing traction through your steering wheel, prompting you to take any action when needed. Also, most car safety features are located in the front (airbags, seatbelts), which means you are more protected in a headfirst crash rather than in a fishtail accident.