Tyre rotation is the practice of moving your tyres from one position on the vehicle to another so that tyres wear more evenly over the course of their lives. Many tyre manufacturers agree that it is no longer a good practice to rotate your tyres in order to extend their legal life. It is also vital in achieving even tread wear and long tread life. Rotation is necessary because of the uneven wear characteristics of each wheel position on the vehicle. A good example is Front Wheel Drive vehicles which places braking, steering and driving forces on the front axle tyres. Rear axle tyres only receive braking forces resulting in a much faster wear rate for the front axle tyres.
Tyre rotation for these vehicles therefore becomes very important for optimum tyre life.