Rubber Makes All the Difference When Choosing Winter Tires

Updated: 12/11/2013 11:15 AM
Created: 12/07/2013 9:11 AM
By: Megan Stewart

Experts we talked to say no matter what kind of car you drive, snow tires will improve your traction.

We want to compare a traditional street tire with a snow tire. There's a major difference in the tread, but the type of rubber your tires are made with actually makes the biggest difference for drivers on the roads.

A set of snow tires can cost anywhere from $250 to $1,000.

If you don't have a set, maintaining the proper pressure in your street tires becomes infinitely important.

Cold weather, which Minnesota is notorious for, can make tires go flat.

"That can make a huge difference with the way the car handles and the kind of traction you get with the tires," said Mike Huber, owner of Hamline Autobody.

"This has a softer composition to it," Huber said. "So it gives a better grip compared to the street tire that has harder rubber."

A couple other things to remember when it gets this cold...snow banks, like this one here basically turn into brick walls.

That's not a good combination when we're talking about those brittle bumpers.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

65° | 40°
  • Feels like: 62° F
  • Wind: W 20mph
  • Humidity: 26%
  • Sun Plenty of sun
    65° | 50°
  • Mon Showers possible in the afternoon
    65° | 45°
  • Tue More clouds than sun
    53° | 36°
  • Wed More sun than clouds
    50° | 35°