In 2016, 733 traffic fatalities resulted from some sort of tire failure. You may be tempted to keep your tires until they’re bare, but the fact is, they are some of the most important parts on your car.
It’s understandable that you may want to save some money; tires are expensive, after all. And that’s why you should get a tire rotation when the situation warrants it. Not only can it extend your tires’ lifespan, but it can also keep you safe.
Here are the top signs you need a tire rotation:
While you’re driving, there are some natural vibrations, of course. But if things start feeling strange, that may be a sign you need your tires rotated.
At first, you may not feel these vibrations unless you’re driving at fast speeds, so you may think it’s ok to keep driving with this configuration. But it’s important that when you notice any kind of strange vibrations you bring your car in for a checkup.
You may need a tire rotation, or your motor mounts may need to be repaired. Whatever it is, you need to get a professional’s opinion so you can get your car in optimal driving shape.
In general, your front tires will get more wear and tear than the back ones. By getting your tires regularly rotated, your car will get the chance to use all tires equally.
If you notice one tire getting run down more quickly than the others, then it’s best if you get a tire rotation, even if you’re not due for one yet. That way, the load can be taken off that tire and given to a different one. As a result, you’ll get more uniform wear throughout your tires and can change them all at once when the time comes.
Unexplained Loss of Pressure
Over time, your tires will usually lose a little bit of pressure; this is normal. However, just like with uneven wear, if you notice one tire losing pressure quicker than the others, this is a sign that it’s carrying more of the load than the other tires.
You’ll need to have a professional take a look at the tire since you may not necessarily need a tire rotation. If the unexplained loss of pressure is from a puncture, they can easily find it and patch it up.
Get a Tire Rotation Today
As a rule of thumb, you should schedule tire rotations twice a year, or every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. However, if you’ve realized your vehicle has some of the warning signs above, then you need to schedule a tire rotation right away.
If the load on your wheels isn’t properly balanced, then it can lead to much more serious problems with your car in the future. Get in touch with us today to schedule your tire rotation, and save yourself a bad headache and hefty costs in the future.