If you've owned a car for a while, then you'll know (or damn well should) that rotating your tires is an important part of car maintenance. Every turn, bump, and movement from your tires causes wear over time. Rotating your tires periodically helps extend their lifespan and keeps you safe by preventing early wear.
Not all four of your tires will wear evenly, though. Depending on where they're placed on your car, some will wear faster than the rest, hence the need to move them around. Here we've outlined the three basic patterns you should familiarize yourself with:
*Forward cross: This pattern is suited for front-wheel drive cars. The front tires move directly to the rear, while the rear tires move diagonally to the opposite sides.
*X-pattern: An alternative pattern you can use for front-wheel drive vehicles. Like the name implies, the front and rear tires move diagonally, so each one will change side and axle.
*Rearward cross: This one is for rear-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles and is the opposite of the forward cross. This time, the rear tires move directly forward to the same side, and the front tires cross diagonally to the rear.
Take note that these aren't the only possible options for rotating your tires. There are patterns that incorporate the spare, plus ones that take into account different types of tires. For most uses, however, the ones shown here will suffice.