THE IMPORTANCE OF TIRE ROTATIONS
Since most vehicle models these days carry the weight of the car in the front, it is quite common for the front tires to wear out first.
If parts of the engine are worn out or loose, it could cause front tires to wear down quickly, affecting wheel alignment. In cases where shocks and struts are worn out, the tires will wear down unevenly and literally cause the car to bounce on the road as you are driving.
Often front tires wear out on the outer edge due to wheel misalignment, and this type of wear and tear could be a result of anything from worn-out ball joints or the car's suspension that has moved out of its proper position for some reason.
It is vital that tires are rotated regularly as they can develop bald spots, as well as form bulges and blisters that are dangerous as the vehicle will slip and slide and the driver could lose control of the vehicle and have a serious accident.
Uneven wearing down of the front tires occurs most commonly due to the unequal distribution of weight between the front and rear tires, thus rotating tires is essential to even out the wear of the tires all around. Allowing the tires to wear down evenly will prolong tire life by far.
Since tire rotation is one of the most neglected car maintenance routines, it is best to rotate your car's tires around every 7500 miles or at least every six months to prolong the life of the tires and to prevent serious accidents due to unevenly worn tires.
According to an NHTSA report, a tread depth on tires that is inadequate has been the cause of more than 25% of car accidents caused by worn-out tires, thus regular rotation is vital for a driver's safety on the road to prevent burst tires from heat buildup and an increased risk of punctures and blowouts. In colder climates, poor traction might be the result of a serious accident involving worn-down tires.
Thus, it is imperative drivers make a point of remembering this much-forgotten part of their car's maintenance. If you're due for a tire rotation, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our shop today!