TYPES OF TIRES
Your tires were specifically chosen for your vehicle to handle a variety of driving and weather conditions. This careful attention to detail is one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. Different types of tires can perform better or worse—depending on conditions—so it’s important to understand how they work.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TIRES FOR THE RIGHT DRIVING STYLE
All-terrain tires provide good performance on most road surfaces, in most weather conditions, and for off-road driving. The tread pattern on these tires may wear more quickly than others. Consider rotating these tires more frequently than the recommended 7,500 miles if you notice irregular wear. Check your tire wear here.
Run-flat tires can be driven on with no air pressure; there is no need to stop and change the tire, but it needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Continue driving, but not too far or too fast. Driving on the tire may not be possible if there is permanent damage. To prevent permanent damage, keep speeds below 50 mph.
Performance tires are designed for enhanced handling under demanding circumstances and generally have high-speed ratings with a low aspect ratio for improved control in certain conditions. These tires are not suited for winter conditions.
All-season tires are designed for most driving conditions such as snow, rain, heat, cold, etc. They feature a blend of technologies that use different compounds and detailed tread configurations, and offer good overall performance on most road surfaces.
Summer-only tires have a special tread and compound that are optimized for maximum dry- and wet-road performance. This special tread and compound will decrease performance in cold climates and on ice and snow.
Note: Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance, and durability. Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle’s performance characteristics.
Winter tires are designed for increased traction on snow- and ice-covered roads. Consider installing them if frequent driving on ice- or snow-covered roads is expected. See your dealer for details regarding winter tire availability and proper tire selection. With winter tires, there may be decreased dry-road traction, increased road noise, and shorter tread life. After changing to winter tires, watch for changes in the vehicle’s handling and braking.
IF YOU DECIDE TO USE SNOW/WINTER TIRES:
- Use tires of the same brand and tread type on all four wheel positions.
- Use only radial ply tires of the same size, load range, and speed rating as the Original Equipment tires.
- Winter tires with the same speed rating as the Original Equipment tires may not be available for H, V, W, Y, X, Z, and R speed-rated tires. If winter tires with a lower speed rating are chosen, never exceed the tires’ maximum speed capability.