If tire rotation seems like an odd topic to blog about for an insurance company you’re half right. While vehicle maintenance has absolutely nothing to do with insurance, ensuring that your vehicle is safe to operate on Alberta’s roadways is essential to prevent an accident resulting in damage to your vehicle, yourself, or others – and this is where your insurance is affected by whether or not you rotate your tires.
What is Tire Rotation?
The main reason for rotating tires is to ensure even wear, as much as possible. On a front-drive vehicle, front tires wear more quickly because they are responsible for turning, acceleration and 70-80 percent of the braking.
Tire rotation used to involve swapping them front-to-rear and, if possible, side-to-side, current thinking is to swap front-to-rear, keeping the tires on the same side of the vehicle and turning in the same direction they were last time. This is also critical for tires with a unidirectional tread design. This type of tire is becoming the norm, as shown by a directional arrow on the sidewall. You have to ensure the tire is mounted and turning in the proper direction or it becomes almost useless.
Benefits of Tire Rotation
Done properly, tire rotation can extend the life of your tires, improve your gas mileage and ensure that your car handles in a steady and predictable manner for when you need to make a sudden turn or stop. Also, many tire manufacturers require regular tire rotation in order to keep the mileage warranty valid.
When Should I Rotate My Tires?
A good rule of thumb is to rotate your tires at the same intervals you get your oil changed whether your tires show uneven wear signs or not. While this is a good recommendation, you should always follow the guidelines in your vehicle’s owner manual for timing as well as the best rotation pattern for your vehicle and type of tires. Since you need to remove the wheels to rotate your tires, you also get the opportunity to look over the undercarriage components of your vehicle and catch any problems in the very early stages which can save you money down the road.
Learn More about Auto Insurance Coverage in Edmonton from MBS Insurance Brokers
While getting your tires rotated won’t actually reduce your car insurance premiums, it does help promote safer driving. Your auto insurance coverage in Edmonton protects you against financial loss when an accident occurs – the cost of vehicle repairs, medical bills, and property damage can be devastating. The policy is a contract between the insurance company and you, meaning you have a part to play and for many, it begins with ensuring your vehicle is maintained in top operating condition, including rotation your tires.
At MBS Insurance Brokers, we have specialized auto insurance brokers on staff in Edmonton to assist with your car insurance claims, as well as a team who is specialized in home, commercial, recreational, and group insurance requests. If you have questions about vehicle insurance in Edmonton and the surrounding areas, contact MBS Insurance Brokers at 780-436-7880 today to request a quote and speak with our team about your comprehensive options.