Tyre Rotation refers to the repositioning of your vehicle’s tyres (i.e. moving your rear tyres to the front) to help maximise their tread life.
Generally, tyres should be rotated every 5000 - 6000 miles, or after 6 months of having the tyres fitted.
Tyre rotation is important for a number of reasons, the first being to maximise tyre life. Tyres often wear unevenly due to everyday factors such as road surface and weather so by rotating your tyres, you’re helping to prevent uneven wear. As well as this, by keeping your tread depth as even as possible, you’re helping to keep the traction and handling on all four tyres consistent, improving braking and cornering performance, ensuring a safer drive.
Different ways to rotate your tyres
- There are different ways to rotate your tyres depending on your driving method:
- Front Wheel Drive – Rear tyres are brought forward and swap sides, but the front tyres simply move to the rear on the same side.
- Rear Wheel Drive – Rear tyres are brought forward staying on the same side, the front tyres move to the rear and swap sides.
- Four Wheel Drive – Rear tyres brought forward and swap sides as well as the front tyres moving back and swapping sides.
- Directional Tyres have their own rules as they are designed specifically for their position on the vehicle so switching sides wouldn’t be safe. The tyres can change position i.e. rear moves to the front and visa versa however they shouldn’t swap sides.