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Tires 101

Tires 101

Did you just purchase your dream Chevy? Or maybe you are wanting to learn more about how to keep your car in optimal condition. Either way, every car owner should know about one key feature; tires and their upkeep. 

Start With the Basics – Picking the Right Tires

Before you need to know about tire upkeep and maintenance, you’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen the correct tires for your lifestyle. Different tires can be ideal for certain conditions, and not for others. 

  • All-Season Tires: These tires use a blend of technologies, compounds, and treads to make them ideal for most driving conditions including snow, rain, heat, and cold.

  • All-Terrain Tires: A high performance on most road surfaces, in most weather, and even for off-road driving too. Something to consider with these tires is that the tread patterns may wear down more quickly, so users should consider more frequent tire rotations.

  • Performance Tires: Designed for those driving in more demanding circumstances, offering more enhanced handling. These tires generally have high speed ratings, meaning drivers can travel more safely at higher speeds than with other tires.

  • Run-Flat Tires: These tires can be driven with no air pressure without needing a stop for a tire change. Though safe to drive, they should not be driven too far or too fast.

  • Winter Tires: The name might make these tires’ use clear, as they are designed for increased traction in snowy or icy conditions. However, these tires include possible decreased traction on dry-road conditions, higher road-noise, and shorter tread life. 

  • Summer-Only Tires: Again, this name depicts intended usage. With a specific tread design and compound, summer-only tires are optimal for both dry and wet conditions, though this decreases in colder conditions and they are not safe to use in winter conditions.

Upkeep Made Easy With Chevrolet’s Complete Care

Tires are one of the most important features of your vehicle. But, rubber ages, and many factors influence this aging, including your upkeep habits, making maintenance very important! Fortunately, with Chevrolet’s Complete Care, upkeep is made simpler.

Chevrolet Complete Care is a comprehensive owner benefit program, providing support and services from the moment you purchase your Chevrolet vehicle. Our Chevrolet certified technicians are trained to inspect your tires and replace them when needed.

In the first 12 months of owning your new vehicle, one maintenance visit for a variety of services, including a tire rotation, is covered!

Tips to Know When it Comes to Your Tires

If you are one of many who can get overwhelmed when it comes to the terms, tips, and everything to know about your vehicle, here’s a list of the most important things to remember when it comes to your tires.

  • Tire Pressure: Correct air pressure in your tires is crucial, as under-inflation and over-inflation both carry risks.

  • Under-Inflated Tires: Causes irregular and premature wear down on tires, poor handling of vehicle, reduced fuel economy, and possible overheating that could lead to a dangerous blow-out on the road.

  • Over-Inflated Tires: Causes unusual wear down of tires, poor handling of vehicle, a rougher ride, and greater risk of damage.

Thankfully, each vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system will automatically measure the pressure of your tires, and send a warning alert to the driver when one or more tires is low in pressure. But still, even with technology, it’s helpful to know how to check your tire's air pressure. Here are a few tips:

  • The air pressure in your tires should be checked at least once a month, and more frequently in colder weather or when the car has not been driven for some time. 

  • A tire information label is found on the doorframe of each vehicle and provides the recommended air pressure for your specific vehicle.

  • Use a gauge, when it comes to the air pressure of a tire, they can appear full when they are actually low. When it comes to tire pressure, guessing isn’t suggested. 

  • Don’t forget about your spare, when you’re checking the pressure of your tires – check your spare tire too, just in case! 

Enjoy Your Ride With Chevrolet

Your Chevy is more than just a mode for transportation. It can also be the space you get some alone time to relax or spend valued time with your family. Prioritizing the upkeep of your tires will make for a smoother, safer ride, and help you feel more confident behind the wheel while continuing to find new roads

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