Government, Oregon, Transportation

It’s studded tire season, but consider alternatives, ODOT says

A studded tire. File photo: Chas Hundley

Today marks the first day you can legally use studded tires on Oregon roads. 

The Oregon Department of Transportation would rather you didn’t. 

“Our latest study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year on state highways,” ODOT said in a press release issued October 26. 

Instead, the highway department noted that an alternative was to use tires that meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions, which are marked with a special symbol on the sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. 

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“These tires work about as well as studded tires on ice, but work better than studded tires or regular, all-weather tires in most other winter conditions. And they cause no more damage to . . .

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