The Importance of Tyre Rotation

Regularly rotating your tyres can be hugely beneficial to both your safety and your wallet. In this way, you can reduce wear and tear (which extends the lifespan of your tyres), as well as improve the handling of your car.

It’s a natural part of driving that your tyres degrade; however, there are reasons why they do so unevenly. Depending on whether you drive a front-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicle, either your front or rear tyres will wear quicker, respectively. This is due to the axle carrying more strain. Hard braking causes more stress on certain wheels, as they lock and skid on the road. Even turning left causes your tyres to abrade unevenly, this is due to most intersections and parking ramps requiring you to turn left and because left turns are narrower than right ones.

The best way to lessen the effects of uneven tyre wear is to rotate your tyres at the correct intervals. It’s best to do so every 10 000km, however, if you drive at high speeds, over long distances, or with heavy loads, you should rotate them more often. Remember when rotating them, to switch the front and the rear tyres first, then the left and the right front tyres.

Once an uneven tyre surface develops, there is very little you can do to rectify it or prevent it from worsening. Unfortunately, most drivers only realise that there’s something amiss when they hear a drumming noise coming from the axle or they feel odd vibrations in the car.

When you do suspect something is wrong, visit your closest tyre dealership. They can inspect your tyres, wheel bearings and wheel alignment, and make the necessary adjustments. They will also be able to advise you on whether or not you need new tyres, or if you just need to rotate your tyres.

It is just as important to monitor the state of your tyres, as it is to have a reliable tracking device installed in your vehicle. Contact us on 0860 12 24 36 today, and discuss your specific tracking needs with one of our Netstar agents.  

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