What Is Tire Rotation?

December 17th, 2018 by

Stack of car tires on warehouse closeup

What is tire rotation? Rome drivers have probably heard the phrase, but what does it mean, and why do you need it? Tire rotation is an important part of overall car maintenance and helps prevent blowouts, maintains traction, and improves fuel economy!

What Does Rotating Your Tires Mean?

Tire rotation is, simply put, when your tires are moved from one position to another. Usually, the front tires will move to the rear, and rear tires will be moved to the front. Canton drivers may also find that their tires will switch sides too. Why do this? Most cars carry more weight in their front tires, so by switching tires around, you can prevent uneven wear and tear.

What Does Tire Rotation Do?

There are many benefits to regular tire rotations, including:

  • Maintains Traction: When tires wear down, they lose tread depth. A loss of tread depth means traction is reduced, which can interfere with your ability to control the vehicle in certain situations. Preventing uneven tire wear helps ensure that all tires have the same amount of tread.
  • Prevents Blowouts: Tires become more likely to fail as they get worn down. If you’ve ever had one blow out as you drive, you’ll know how unpleasant and potentially dangerous it can be.
Mechanic looking at car tires at the repair garage
  • Improves Performance: Tires working together that have uneven wear often produce vibration, which you’ll eventually feel through the steering wheel.
  • Maximizes Efficiency: Worn tires create drag, placing a strain on the engine and increasing your fuel consumption.

Get Your Tire Rotation at Riverside Buick GMC

For more information on the benefits of getting regular tire rotations, to learn how many miles tires last, or to get a tire rotation today, contact us at Riverside Buick GMC. Schedule service so you can get your tires rotated!

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