Most vehicles on our showroom floor at New Bern, NC Trent Buick GMC come equipped with all-season tires. They provide year-round performance, boasting key characteristics of both summer and winter tires. Do you really need winter tires? It's possible you do. Here's why.

All-Season Tires 101

All-season tires have modest tread depths and consist of fairly taut rubber. The taut rubber resists softening in warmer weather, and the modest tread depths create optimal traction on clear roads in mild weather. All-season tires tend to be very quiet and have a longer tread life, so long as you reserve their use for mild climates. Since they aren't quite summer tires or winter tires, they may not provide the same traction in extremely warm or extremely cold temperatures.

Winter Tires 101

Winter tires have deep tread depths and consist of rubber that's softer than all-season tire rubber. The softer rubber keeps the tire pliable, preserving tread depth, tread pattern, and traction even as temperatures plummet. Winter tires also have biting edges, a series of micro-tread patterns that grip the ice. The deep treads and tread patterns of winter tires prevent a buildup of snow while channeling water and slush away from the vehicle.

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