Having a tire rotation is one of the best practices for ensuring proper handling of the vehicle. No vehicle has a perfectly even weight distribution, meaning that no two tires wear the same way. Even if the vehicle weight was evenly distributed, there would still be a multiplicity of factors causing uneven tire wear.
Most people drive without a passenger, which adds weight more to the left side of the vehicle, adding to the amount of wear on that side. As well, vehicles often experience the most pressure on the front tires when stopping quickly, or taking fast turns, or difference in tire pressure can all cause extra, uneven wear.
Uneven tires cause drag in some areas, which can pull the vehicle slightly in one direction, resulting in a loss of efficiency, as well as shortening the life of the tire. As well, unevenly worn tires can react unpredictably in emergencies such as a quick stop or a sudden lane change.
In Canadian cities with harsh climates, it is not uncommon to see road conditions changing rapidly. Keeping your tire tread wear as balanced as possible can help the vehicle remain on the road when driving in wet or icy conditions.
To check your tire tread, take a Canadian dime, and place it in the tread with the top of the Queen’s head facing down. If you can see the top of the Queen’s head, then it is time to change the tires. At this point, the tires have a very limited ability to evacuate water from between the treads, making it susceptible to hydroplaning and losing control on the road.
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Having your vehicle’s tires rotated as well as the wheels balanced and aligned will lengthen the lifespan of the tires, make sure that the vehicle handles well, is safe and reliable, as well as help maintain its value.
Tire rotation is a quick and simple procedure that should be done every 5,000 km, or as often as the owner’s manual recommends. Need an oil change or regular maintenance? Ask Eurotekk Automotive and Performance Inc. to do a tire rotation as well to ensure that your vehicle will be ready to perform when you need it most.
Tire wear is predictable, road conditions aren’t.