How Often Should You Rotate Car Tires?

by Alice Collins

There are many basics of car maintenance we all do regularly: check and change our oil, wash our car, check that we have air in our tires. Most people overlook the importance of rotating their tires and the usefulness of this simple procedure. While each car and tire combination is different, basic maintenance of the tires can assist in making your vehicle perform at its best.


Rotating your tires is important due to tire wear. Tires work differently, depending on their location on your vehicle. Rotating them on a regular basis will even the wear, prolonging their lifespan. A criss-cross pattern is used when moving the tires to their new position allowing the tires to wear evenly.

Time Frame

Every vehicle is different, but most manufacturers recommend that you rotate your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. According to Goodyear, one of the largest manufacturers of tires, "a good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles." Check with your owner's manual for information specific to your vehicle.


Rotating tires is a simple procedure that can be done by yourself if you are properly equipped. Always follow safety guidelines and refer to the owner's manual for a recommended pattern for your vehicle. Most professionals have resources and experience that expedite the procedure at a reasonable price.


Right-side tires have more exposure to curbs and other road hazards; moving them to the other side of the vehicle prevents excessive outside wear. Front tires will show more wear if you are driving a front-drive vehicle. It is important to visually inspect your tires on a regular basis. Obvious signs of wear need immediate attention.


Rotating your tires on a timely basis will help keep maintenance cost down on your vehicle. Evenly wearing through your tires will prolong their life and lessen the frequency of having to invest in a new set. Tires that are maintained well will keep you safer while driving.


About the Author

Alice Collins has experience writing for a variety of sports teams, consumer electronics companies and automotive start ups. She's been published in automotive magazines, eHow, newspapers and blogs. Her portfolio of writing ranges from articles to case studies and white papers. Ms. Collins received her Bachelors degree in journalism with minors in political science and film studies from Arizona State University.

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