Provided by ODOT
ODOT is extending the studded tire season through Monday, April 9. Statewide weather forecasts call for continued difficult driving conditions in snow zones during the first week in April. Motorists should have their studded tires removed from their vehicles by 12:01 am Tuesday, April 10. ODOT encourages drivers to not wait until the deadline if they aren’t driving in snowy conditions.
ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. A study completed in 2000 concluded studded tires cause at least $40 million damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways. Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. Research shows these tires provide better traction than studded tires when used on bare pavement.