Studded Tires

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You can use studded tires on your vehicle Nov. 1–April 1. But Oregon Department of Transportation officials encourage drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains because of the road damage caused by studded tires.

Other types of traction tires are available to those who drive in Oregon’s snow zones. 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.

Visit TripCheck.com, Oregon’s travel information web site, for more information on Oregon’s chain and traction tire law and minimum chain requirements.

Alternatives to Studded Tires

  • Chains are more effective than studded tires and are becoming easier to install.
  • Link chains may not be recommended for use on some types of vehicles. Check your owner’s manual.
  • Chain-like devices are easy to install and fit nearly all vehicles.

Other Traction Tires

  • Meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions based on performance tests;
  • Provide increased traction in winter conditions;
  • Work about as well as studded tires on ice, but work better than studded tires or regular tires in most other winter conditions;
  • Cause no more damage to road surfaces than regular tires.

What else should I know?

  • Information on Oregon’s chain and traction tire law is available at TripCheck.com.
  • Tires meeting the Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions carry this special symbol on the tire sidewall.
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