What is tire rotation

First, What Does Rotating Tires Mean?

Before we dive further into what tire rotation does, we must answer this other common question: what does rotating tires mean? Put simply, tire rotation means you’re switching the position of the front and rear tires. But it’s often not as simple as moving the front tires straight to the back and the rear tires straight to the front. Depending on your drivetrain, either the front or the rear tires will also need to be switched to the other side of the vehicle when you move them. This is known as a tire rotation pattern. For example, if your car has front-wheel drive, the rear tires switch sides when they move to the front, but the front tires will stay on the same side when they move to the back. 

Here are a few more quick facts about what rotating tires means: 

  • Most vehicles on the road in Buffalo are front-heavy, which can cause the front tires to wear out faster. However, your car’s drivetrain can also affect the rate of wear for each tire. 
  • A vehicle with FWD will receive most of its engine power at the front axle and wheels, thus causing the front tires to wear out faster. This same logic can be applied respectively to cars with rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive. 
  • The tire rotation pattern is designed with the drivetrain and its effect on tire wear in mind. 
What Does Tire Rotation Do for My Driving Experience? 

With so many different factors at play, it’s common for tires to wear out at uneven rates. This is why tire rotation is so important; it’s your best shot at keeping the tire tread relatively even across all four tires. Here’s a closer look at what tire rotation is designed to do for your driving experience in St. Cloud: 

  • Helps with Road Traction: The more your tires wear out, the more tread depth they lose. When tread depth is lost, road traction is reduced. Without good traction, your safety could be at risk during wet, icy, or otherwise hazardous conditions. Tire rotation helps prevent uneven tire wear, so all your tires have the same tread depth. 
  • Protects Against Blowouts: Tire failure becomes more likely as your tires wear out. A tire blowout can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, leading to a dangerous situation on the road. Tire rotation ensures all four tires wear out at a safe rate.
  • Smoother Ride Quality: If one of your tires has more wear than the others, you’ll start to feel it in your ride quality. Regular tire rotation ensures a smooth driving experience with every trip. 
  • Maintains Efficiency: Keeping the tread wear even across all four tires helps reduce drag and prevents engine strain, which helps maintain good fuel economy. 
Carlos G. Hill

Carlos G. Hill

Carlos joined TireReview in 2019 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Professional Motorsport World, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Crash test Technology International

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