Serve your tyres a maximum life sentence by ensuring you rotate them at least every 10 000 kilometres, as recommended by tyre manufacturers.

Depending on the make of your vehicle, front and rear tyres do different jobs so they usually wear out at different rates. The majority of cars have their engine in the front, which means that the front tyres cop more weight than the rear. It’s because of this that your front tyres tend to wear down faster than the rear ones. If you’re noticing uneven wear patterns, then it’s recommended that you rotate them more often.

Additional stress is also placed unevenly on the front tyres through braking and steering. The simple (and necessary!) action of turning your vehicle causes uneven wear - the outside, front tyre is worn more rapidly than the others.

Mechanical problems in your vehicle may also cause uneven tyre wear. For example, when the wheel alignment is out, the vehicle tends to pull in one direction and as the driver, you tend to correct this by steering against it. Basically, this means that your vehicle is constantly turning, causing uneven tyre wear. You can feast your eager eyes on more info about wheel alignments here.

Tyre rotation is as simple as it sounds - it’s the moving, or rotation, of your tyres so that they trade places on your vehicle in a systematic way to achieve as even a wear as possible. Rotating your tyres is necessary because each tyre on a vehicle carries a different amount of weight, as we’ve already discussed. By rotating your tyres, you’re evening out those differences. A general rule of thumb is to have your tyres rotated as often as you change the oil - at this time, you should rotate your tyres even if the tyres are not showing signs of wear. Just get it sorted!

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