Should I rotate my tyres?
Is it smart to rotate your tyres?
Numerous tyre manufacturers agree that it’s no longer good practice to rotate your tyres as a way to lengthen their legal life. The reasons for this are;
- Partly worn tyres are more prone to experience punctures – especially in wet weather conditions
- Front tyre deflation will create an under-steer effect that’s easier to handle than over-steer (the result of a rear tyre deflation)
In the unlikely event that a tyre deflates all of a sudden, then it’s much easier to control the vehicle if this takes place at the front of the car. With regard to enhanced handling and stability it’s now advised that the ‘best’ tyres, those with the most tread, should always be fitted at the rear of the vehicle. This is regardless of whether your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive.
Hendon Tyres Top Tip!
Always fit your ‘best’ tyres to the back. If you’re replacing just one tyre then this really should be paired with the rear tyre that has the most tread depth. There are a few situations when this advice will not apply, for example;
- Where front and rear tyre sizes are made to be different
- When a vehicle is made to have directional tyres at the front and asymmetric in the rear
- In cases where you’re not sure, contact your local centre manager for advice