Tire Maintenance and Types of Tires for your Vehicle

Types of tires

Your Chevrolet tires were specifically chosen for your vehicle to handle a variety of driving and weather conditions. This careful attention to detail makes your tires one of the most important safety features on your Chevrolet car, truck, or crossover.


Different types of tires can perform better or worse—depending on conditions—so it’s important to understand how they work.

Check your Owner’s Manual for information regarding your tire warranty or visit the Certified Service expert technicians near you for more help.



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All-Terrain Tire tread pattern


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 Tire tread pattern


Run-flat tires can be driven on with no air pressure. There is no need to stop to change the tire. 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.

All-Season Tire Tread Pattern


All-season tires are for year-round use and feature a blend of technologies that make use of different compounds and detailed tread configurations, designed for most driving conditions such as snow, rain, heat, cold, etc. These tires offer good overall performance on most road surfaces and in most weather conditions.

Performance Tire Tread Pattern


Performance tires are designed for enhanced handling under demanding circumstances and generally have high-speed ratings with a low aspect ratio for improved control. These tires are not built for winter conditions.

Summer-Only Tire Tread Pattern


Summer 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 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. Learn more about important tire and wheel information at your dealer.

Winter Tire and Snow Tire Tread Pattern


Winter tires are designed for increased traction on snow- and ice-covered roads. Consider installing winter tires 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.

What are the tire speed ratings?

Tire speed ratings tell the speed your tire can safely maintain over time. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) set the ratings scale, shown below. But tire manufacturers test their own tires and assign their own tire speed ratings. On the sidewall of every tire, you'll find one of these tire speed rating codes:

Tire speed rating codes
Tire speed rating codes

Where to find your tire speed rating & load index

Your Chevrolet tires have a load index and tire speed rating symbol (see diagram). Use the Tire Finder (above) to find the Original Equipment tire size, tire load index, and a tire speed rating for your vehicle.


A load index is an assigned number ranging from 1 to 279 that corresponds to the load-carrying capacity of a tire. Passenger cars and light-duty trucks generally have load index number that ranges from 72 to 120.


We recommend replacing your Chevrolet tires with ones that have the same load and speed values as those originally installed on your vehicle. Do not replace tires on your vehicle with a lower load and speed value. Replacing tires that have a higher load and speed value is acceptable.


Note: Winter tires often have lower speed ratings. If winter tires are not available in the same speed rating as the Original Equipment tires, you must not exceed the speed rating of the winter tire chosen.

Tire speed and load index
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