In that case, my tire rotating policy is always buy new ones for the front... Considering the way i tear through tires after about 20,000 miles, and the fact that i go with directional tires, i always just buy a new set for the front, rotate the ones with about 10,000 miles on them to the back, and start over in another 10,000 miles or so.
I try to buy new tires when my old ones get down the steel belts under the rubber, lol Ive never bought new tires for this car, I just go buy used ones which last about 10k and go back and buy more used ones, they run about $35 for 4 225 60r16s, sometimes ill get 30k out of a set
New ones in the front is not the route to go for winter driven cars.
The better front tires will definately help prevent you from getting stuck in the snow but for driver's that hang closer to the limit. Better tires in the rear makes for a more stable vehicle.
I don't have a specific schedule for rotation, all though I do firmly believe in it's benefits. My car (Tbird) has directional rims. I can only rotate front to rear.
Our LHS has separate winter and summer tires/rims. It's usually time to rotate as we approach the next season. Finally my truck has big and smalls. I've did side to side a couple times but rears don't last long on it anyways.
Voted other. Every oil change I have the tires rotated. HOwever, with my last oil change, I switched over to synthetic oil, so I'm not really sure what to do now as I don't really plan on changing my oil every 3K anymore.
i used to rotate about every 6 months, however now that i switch to snow tires in the winter, it throws off the schedule a bit. I will admit that i didn't rotate my normal tires at all this year, but that was because i knew this would be their last season... Plan on replaceing all 4 next week or so.