How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?
Although we depend on them every time we get on the road, most of us don’t give much thought to our car’s tires. The fact is that the health of your tires is vital to the health of your vehicle as a whole.
Knowing this, the folks at Pat Peck Nissan have created the following guide to help you keep track of the condition of your tires. If you live in the Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland areas and are wondering how often you should rotate your tires, this guide is for you.
Why Rotate Your Tires
Rotating tires is the act of switching them from wheel to wheel around the car. Doing this works to prevent uneven wear and tear on individual tires in favor of a more evenly distributed aging. The reason this is necessary is that tires tend to wear differently in certain positions. For example, tires in the front of the car have a tendency to exhibit wear on the outside of the tire. Rotating your tires about every six months or so helps them last longer.
However, there are several factors that can cause your tires to age and wear unpredictably. Accordingly, there are precautions you can take on a regular basis to keep this from happening.
Taking a brief look at your tires is a good idea to make sure they’re still in good condition. Whether it’s in the mornings on your way to work or at the end of your day, consider making it part of your regular routine.
Here are a few things to keep an eye out for during your inspections:
- Low and high air pressure. When the air pressure in your tires is at the right level, it means the tires have a better chance of wearing consistently. This is because the air inside is spread out evenly. If there is not enough air, a tire will start to wear out on the tread’s outer edges. Conversely, if there is too much air, the wear will show in the middle. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for the ideal air pressure levels for your car.
- Uneven wear. Catching uneven wear early and getting it checked out can help detect and fix a larger issue. Often times, uneven wear can simply mean it’s time to get your tires rotated.
- Cracking or Swelling. Whether in the treads or the sidewalls, cracking or swelling is a sure sign your tires are wearing down.
- Separation. If the tread is pulling away from the rest of the tire, have it looked at by a professional right away.
There are also certain behaviors you can look out for that will give you hints that it may be time to get your car in for a tire rotation. For instance, if your car pulls to one side while driving, this may be an indication that it needs an alignment. A bad alignment can cause unnecessary, early wear. Difficulty in steering can also be an indication of this.
When Worn Tires Go Unchecked
Below are some possible results from not checking tires for wear and tear or getting them in for a rotation twice a year:
- Hot tires. Worn tires lose the ability to cool because the grooves in the treads are not deep enough to hold the necessary cool air. The possibility of overheating and failure is much higher.
- Penetration. As you might expect, a worn tire is not as thick as it used to be. Consequently, it becomes a lot more prone to being punctured and causing a blowout.
- Less control. More wear means less tread. Less tread means you’re more susceptible to risks, such as sliding and hydroplaning.
Regularly Rotate Your Tires
If you live in the Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland areas and notice any of the above signs of wear and tear on your tires, don’t hesitate to have it looked at by a professional at our Nissan dealership.
If you have any questions about the quality of your tires or you’re thinking it’s time to have them rotated, contact Pat Peck Nissan to schedule your appointment today.