The benefits of tyre rotation
Rotating tyres is a proven strategy to maximise tyre service life and tyre wear.
The vehicle manufacturer will have custom guidance for the optimal rotation pattern and frequency. The rotation pattern depends on whether you have symmetrical, asymmetrical or directional tyres. If there are no special considerations, our recommendation is to rotate the wheels axle-wise between the front and the back on a regular basis.
Regarding timing, an excellent opportunity is the seasonal switching between summer tyres and winter tyres. Alternatively, tyre rotation at mileage intervals between 3,000 - 6,000 miles (4,800 - 9,600 km) is also effective.
If you notice signs of uneven tyre wear, however, consider rotating them even more frequently. And ask your tyre retailer to check for any wheel misalignment or other mechanical problem. They can make the necessary corrections.
Full-size spare tyres of the same size and construction as the regular tyres should also feature in your tyre rotation. Before incorporating the spare, however, don’t forget to check and adjust its inflation pressure.
Speaking of air pressure, you should also adjust the air pressure according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation for the new wheel position, as the specific pressures for the front tyres and rear tyres may differ.
Rotated tyres can also affect the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), if your car is equipped with it. Consult the owner’s manual or a qualified service professional to make the proper adjustments and recalibrate the system.
Can you mix different tyre brands and tread patterns on your vehicle?
First and foremost, our guidance is to fit the same tyres on all wheel positions of your vehicle.
However, if mixing becomes unavoidable due to a lack of availability or budget constraints, then it’s possible to mix tyre brands and tread patterns – but only so long as drivers fit a pair of tyres with the same tread patterns and brands across the same axle. That means installing a pair of identical tyres on the rear axle, or a pair of identical tyres to the front.
It may also be possible to mix tyres with a different load index and speed rating if the load index and speed symbols are higher than the minimum threshold recommended by the vehicle manufacturer (extra load vs. standard load). In these instances, fit the higher-rated tyres to the rear axle.