The tires on your vehicle are one of the most important features for keeping things running smoothly and keeping you safe on the road. Tires are what connects your vehicle to the road and failing to take care of your tires can lead to dangerous situations. This is why routine tire service from a reliable mechanic is so important. One of the simplest things you can do to help sustain the life of your tires is to have them rotated on a regular basis.
Tire Rotation on Different Types of Vehicles
Depending on whether the vehicle you’re driving is front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive, the tires will wear at different rates. All wheel drive vehicles utilize all four tires in the same way, so they wear down at similar speeds. For this reason, you can typically get away with longer periods of time between rotations. Front and rear wheel vehicles will end up wearing down either the front or rear tires at a much faster rate, so frequent rotations will help keep all your tires at similar stages of wear and tear.
How Often Should You Have Your Tires Rotated?
In a lot of cases, people don’t think about their tires until something goes wrong. If you want to keep your tires in good condition for a longer period of time, you should be paying attention to them even when everything seems to be in working order. You should inspect your tires regularly (once a month is a good routine) for excessive or irregular tread wear, scrapes, snags, cuts, bulges, cracks, impact damage, punctures, stones or other debris embedded in the tread, or other damages. If you notice any of these conditions, or if you are experiencing constant pressure loss, the tire should be dismounted and inspected for damage on the inside and to determine if a repair can be made. For tire rotations, a general rule of thumb is that getting it done every 5,000 to 7,500 miles is a good idea.
How Long Will a Set of Tires Last?
The amount of time a tire will last on your vehicle varies depending on a number of factors, including the tire manufacturer, how much driving you do each year, what terrain you’re driving on, and the type of tire you put on your car. The average american drives 14,000 to 15,000 miles a year according to the Federal Highway Administration. Most tires on the market will last anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 miles before they should be replaced. Having regular tire service done can extend the life of your tires, so it is a good idea to have a technician perform routine inspections on a regular basis. Improper balance, alignment, and tire pressure will ultimately cause faster wear on your tires and you’ll need to replace them more frequently.
For reliable, experienced tire services, including tire rotation, or routine maintenance, contact Bradley’s Auto Service in Red Bank, NJ today!