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THE TRUTH ABOUT TIRE TYPES

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Do you know what kind of tire and tread is right for your GMC vehicle or your driving conditions? Delve into the differences and discover the truth about your tires.

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The travel life of a tire is finite, and flats happen. In either case, when it comes time to trade out your old tires for fresh tread, you have several options in terms of the basic types of tires available for your vehicle. 

ALL-SEASON TIRES
Rain or shine, all-season tires are designed for year-round use and feature a blend of rubber compounds and detailed tread configurations that are designed to offer well-rounded performance in most driving conditions. All-season tires offer good overall performance on most road surfaces and in most weather conditions.

ALL-TERRAIN TIRES
All-terrain tires are designed to carry you from the asphalt streets to the loose surfaces encountered off road. The aggressive tread pattern often found on all-terrain tires helps optimize traction off road — but they can wear more quickly than a typical all-season tire. As such, consider rotating them more frequently than the standard 7,500-mile interval, especially if you notice irregular wear. (Refer to the vehicle Owner's Manual for recommended service intervals.)

RUN-FLAT TIRES
Run-flat tires are designed to be temporarily driven at limited speeds for a limited distance after a breach. Remember to adhere to the specific instructions for your tire and vehicle, and limit both your speed (usually no faster than 50 mph) and distance as instructed.

PERFORMANCE/ SUMMER-ONLY TIRES*
When the warmer months hit, the weather heats up and rainfall accumulates. Performance and summer-only tires feature special tread patterns and rubber compounds – and, occasionally, a lower aspect ratio — that optimize the tires for maximum dry- and wet-road performance. It is extremely important to remember that the compound and tread used in these tires makes them unsuitable for use in cold climates — or on ice and snow — and would require switching to an appropriate tire for those situations.

SNOW/WINTER TIRES
Winter tires are designed for increased traction in cold weather, on snow- and ice-covered roads. It’s important to remember that winter tires can suffer from decreased dry-road traction, increased road noise and shorter tread life. You should also watch for changes in your vehicle’s handling and braking, as they can become more sensitive.

 

KICK OFF YOUR CUSTOMIZATION

Now that you know which type of tire may suit your driving needs, make sure to visit the Certified Service experts at your local GMC dealership, so you can be certain your tires are safely outfitted for your purposes.

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