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Studded Tire Season Extends through Monday, April 4
ODOT is extending the studded tire season through Monday, April 4. Weather forecasts call for continued difficult driving conditions in some snow zones over the coming weekend. Motorists should have their studded tires removed from their vehicles by 12:01 am Tuesday April 5. 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 because studded tires cause at least $40 million damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways, while only about $11 million is spent each year repairing studded tire damage.
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.
Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles in Oregon after the deadline can be charged with a Class C traffic violation, which currently carries a minimum $190 fine.