Correct Tire Rotation Pattern Can Have Implications for Safety

When it comes to staying safe on the nation's roadways, there are few components that are more central to this effort than the tires. Thus, drivers everywhere will want to keep their tires in as good shapes as possible. While keeping tires in good shape definitely involves things such as keeping air pressure at proper levels and giving sidewalls regular visual inspections, keeping tires in good shape also means giving them regular rotations.

Tire rotations are the practice of periodically moving each tire to a different location. This practice benefits the tires, the vehicle, and the occupants in many important ways, not least of which is by keeping tread patterns even. Tires that are evenly and properly worn can maximize traction and minimize danger. That said, it is just as important to use the proper rotation patterns as it is to rotate the tires in the first place.

There are many rotation patterns that drivers can choose from, and the pattern that they eventually settle on should be compatible with their driving style, terrain, vehicle type, and tire type. One of the most common tire rotation patterns is the rearward cross. This pattern simply involves moving both rear tires forward to the front and moving the front tires diagonally to the rear. Another commonly seen pattern is the X rotation pattern. In this configuration, each tire moves diagonally to the front or back of the vehicle. Finally, yet another common rotation pattern is a forward cross. This is basically the opposite of the reward cross, and involves moving the front wheels back and crossing the rear wheels diagonally to the front.

 

 

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