Car Culture

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

November 19, 2016
I’m sure if you’ve gone to get an oil change for your car you’ve heard the mechanic ask if you would like to have your tires rotated. Maybe you’ve gotten your tires rotated once or twice since you’ve gotten your car. Or perhaps you haven’t gotten your tires rotated at all. Maybe you are wondering how often you should get your tires rotated and why it’s important. Luckily, I have done the research for you so that you can make sure to keep your car tires in tip-top shape for as long as possible! Rotating your tires is an essential part of tire maintenance. Keeping your tires rotated helps with the wear and tear on your wheels. When you move your tires around in different positions on the car, you are helping your car get the most miles out of each tire and evenly distribute the wear and tear each tire acquires. By essentially having your tires trade places, you are avoiding the uneven tear that could potentially lead to poor performance and decreased gas mileage. It is recommended that you get your tires rotated every 3,000-6,000 miles, which is about the same distance for getting an oil change on your car. It is especially important to rotate your tires for inclement weather. You want to make sure your tires are in the best shape in order to preserve your vehicle’s handling. If you haven’t gotten a tire rotation this year or if you’re just unsure the last time you’ve even gotten a rotation, I suggest you book an appointment with your mechanic to get it done. Tire rotations are reasonably priced, averaging about $30, and some places allow you to get a free rotation with an oil change. By making it a habit to rotate your tires you will end up saving money in the long run and prolonging the lifespan of your tires.

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