2020-08-04 | Chevy New Roads Magazine

Tread Life

You wear different shoes for different occasions. Your vehicle needs different tires for different journeys, too.

 

Tires are one of your vehicle’s most critical components. Yet not all tires are the same: Engineers carefully optimize different tires for different vehicles, purposes, and terrain, so it’s important to select the right ones for your needs.

Drivers who want to take full advantage of their vehicle’s capabilities have an extra interest in picking out tires. For instance, if you’re planning to enjoy your sports car’s on-road performance, or you’re venturing beyond the suburbs for off‑road adventures in a truck or SUV, it may be time to upgrade to specific types of tires. Here’s a look at two different types of tires you might want to consider, and how they can make a difference in your vehicle’s performance.

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PERFORMANCE TIRES

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 TIRES

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.  

NEXT STEPS

Inspired to learn more about performance rubber? Dive into the Chevrolet Camaro, which offers available summer-only tires to help deliver thrilling performance.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES

All-terrain tires provide good performance on most road surfaces, in most weather conditions, and for off-road driving.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES

The tread pattern on these tires may wear more quickly than others. Consider rotating them more frequently than the recommended 7,500 miles if you notice irregular wear.

NEXT STEPS

Inspired to take things off the beaten path? Learn about the Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is designed to take on tough terrain.

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PERFORMANCE TIRES

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.

PERFORMANCE TIRES
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 TIRES

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.  

SUMMER-ONLY TIRES
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. 
 

NEXT STEPS

Inspired to learn more about performance rubber? Dive into the Chevrolet Camaro, which offers available summer-only tires to help deliver thrilling performance.

NEXT STEPS
Inspired to learn more about performance rubber? Dive into the Chevrolet Camaro, which offers available summer-only tires to help deliver thrilling performance.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES

All-terrain tires provide good performance on most road surfaces, in most weather conditions, and for off-road driving.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES
All-terrain tires provide good performance on most road surfaces, in most weather conditions, and for off-road driving.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES

The tread pattern on these tires may wear more quickly than others. Consider rotating them more frequently than the recommended 7,500 miles if you notice irregular wear.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES
The tread pattern on these tires may wear more quickly than others. Consider rotating them more frequently than the recommended 7,500 miles if you notice irregular wear.

NEXT STEPS

Inspired to take things off the beaten path? Learn about the Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is designed to take on tough terrain.

NEXT STEPS
Inspired to take things off the beaten path? Learn about the Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is designed to take on tough terrain.

Still have questions? Your Chevrolet Certified Service professionals can help you figure out exactly which tires suit your needs.

STORY: JAKE HOLMES / PHOTOGRAPHY: JUSTIN WIRTALLA / ILLUSTRATION: DENA COOPER

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