Rotating Tyres Properly

Rotating your tyres as part of regular scheduled car maintenance has many benefits. It helps to maintain an even amount of tread wear on all four tyres. This in turn prolongs the life of the car tyres, leading to improved fuel economy and a much more smoother and comfortable ride. Regular rotation of car tyres also prolongs the life of your car’s suspension components by reducing vibrations. Always rotate the tyres the same day the car’s oil gets changed.  Follow these guidelines on the best rotation pattern for your car and type of tyres.

Directional tyres

Directional tyres have a “one-way” tread pattern. Hence they are optimized to function facing a specific direction indicated by the tyre manufacturer. This is because the grooves are angled to optimize handling and also channel water out from under the tyre on wet surfaces. Little arrows or triangles on the sidewall indicate which way the tyre is supposed to turn. To rotate directional tyres, just switch the front right tyre for the back right tyre, and the front left tyre for the back left tyre.


How to rotate tyres

Non-directional tyres

The tread pattern on non-directional tyres are designed in such a way that the tyre can be mounted on the wheel for any direction of rotation. So you can switch the tyres to face any direction. To rotate non-directional tyres ensure you use the cross pattern. For cars with rear-wheel drive, move the front tyres to the opposite sides of the rear: left-front to right-rear and right-front to left-rear. The rear tyres are moved straight forward. On cars with front-wheel drive, just do the opposite. Move the rear tyres to the opposite sides of the front and move the front tyres straight back.

Spare tyres

Older car maintenance guides recommend that drivers rotate the car’s spare tyre into use. The problem with this advice is that the vast majority of modern spare tyres aren’t designed for extended driving. They’re often smaller and feature a lighter-weight construction and shallower tread depth. They’re designed to simply get you to a tyre service centre or petrol station to fix the punctured tyre. However, some cars still come equipped with full-size matching spare tyres. Many SUVs usually have them. If you have a car that has a matching spare tyre, it isn’t a bad idea to rotate it into use. Just swap it with any of the tyres that are in use.

Remember to get your wheels balanced after rotation. You can do this by taking the car to one of our member garages.


One thought on “Rotating Tyres Properly

  1. Thanks for sharing this comprehensive guide on tires! I think you’re absolutely right: rotating your tires is extremely beneficial for the car—and for you! I didn’t know that there were different directional tires; how interesting! I’m taking my car into a tire service shop because I’m not very knowledgeable with cars, and I’m hoping that they’ll be able to rotate my tires for a good price! Wish me luck!


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