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

66° | 56°
  • Feels like: 50° F
  • Wind: SE 10mph
  • Humidity: 93%
  • Thu Mainly cloudy and rainy
    66° | 46°
  • Fri Rain in the afternoon, windy
    50° | 38°
  • Sat Mix of sun and clouds
    54° | 42°
  • Sun Times of sun and clouds
    62° | 48°