Ditch the studs.

There are more efficient ways to stay safe on our roads in the winter than relying on studded tires.

For many Washingtonians, winter driving safety has always meant switching to studded tires when the snow begins to fall. Studded tires cause serious damage to our roads, making them less safe for everyone. Advances in winter tire rubber compounds and tread designs provide drivers with technology that makes stud-free tires a great alternative to studded tires.

Ditch the studs.

There are more efficient ways to stay safe on our roads in the winter than relying on studded tires.

For many Washingtonians, winter driving safety has always meant switching to studded tires when the snow begins to fall. Studded tires cause serious damage to our roads, making them less safe for everyone. Advances in winter tire rubber compounds and tread designs provide drivers with technology that makes stud-free tires a great alternative to studded tires.

Ditch the  studs.

There are more efficient ways to stay safe on our roads in the winter than relying on studded tires.

For many Washingtonians, winter driving safety has always meant switching to studded tires when the snow begins to fall. Studded tires cause serious damage to our roads, making them less safe for everyone. Advances in winter tire rubber compounds and tread designs provide drivers with technology that makes stud-free tires a great alternative to studded tires.

What do studded tires do to our roads?

Every year, studded tires cause on average $24.5 million in damage to roads and highways in Washington. Abrasion from studded tires wears down pavement at a much greater rate than regular traffic. The most visible studded tire damage is the rutting seen on interstate roads with higher speeds and traffic volumes. Studded tires also damage state, county and city roadways with high traffic. Ruts on the roadway lead to safety issues such as ponding (standing water on the roadway), hydroplaning, excessive road spray and create problems with “autopilot/steering” vehicle programs.

Here are some studies about studded tire road damage to asphalt and concrete.

What do studded tires do to our roads?

Every year, studded tires cause on average $24.5 million in damage to roads and highways in Washington.

Abrasion from studded tires wears down pavement at a much greater rate than regular traffic. 

The most visible studded tire damage is the rutting seen on interstate roads with higher speeds and traffic volumes. 

Studded tires also damage state, county and city roadways with high traffic. Ruts on the roadway lead to safety issues such as ponding (standing water on the roadway), hydroplaning, excessive road spray and create problems with “autopilot/steering” vehicle programs.

Here are some studies about studded tire road damage to asphalt and concrete.

What do studded tires do to our roads?

Every year, studded tires cause on average $24.5 million in damage to the roads and highways of Washington. Abrasion from studded tires wears down pavement at a much greater rate than regular traffic. The most visible studded tire damage is the rutting seen on interstate roads with higher speeds and traffic volumes. Studded tires also damage state, county and city roadways with high traffic. Ruts on the roadway lead to safety issues such as ponding (standing water on the roadway), hydroplaning, excessive road spray and create problems with “autopilot/steering” vehicle programs.

Here are some studies about studded tire road damage to asphalt and concrete.

What are some advantages to using stud-free winter tires?

Advances in winter tire rubber compounds mean that increased rubber flexibility allows studless tires to maintain traction on snowy, icy, wet and dry driving surfaces. Their deeper tread depths allow the tire to manage snow and slush dispersion under the tire. Sipes – or tiny slits in the tread pattern, help provide better acceleration, deceleration, and stopping.

New technology in winter tire rubber compounds mean that, in most cases, stud-free winter tires have better stopping distances, especially on wet and dry pavement — conditions in which studded tires do not perform as well. Stud-free winter tires also don’t make the same buzzing, humming sound as studded tires. There are no seasonal restrictions on tires without studs. You can be cited $136 for running studded tires after the season has ended. Studies have shown that stud-free tires are better in almost all snow conditions other than glare ice, which occurs only about one percent of the time in this part of the country.

What are some advantages to using stud-free winter tires?

Advances in winter tire rubber compounds mean that increased rubber flexibility allows studless tires to maintain traction on snowy, icy, wet and dry driving surfaces. Their deeper tread depths allow the tire to manage snow and slush dispersion under the tire. Sipes – or tiny slits in the tread pattern, help provide better acceleration, deceleration, and stopping.

New technology in winter tire rubber compounds mean that, in most cases, stud-free winter tires have better stopping distances, especially on wet and dry pavement — conditions in which studded tires do not perform as well. Stud-free winter tires also don’t make the same buzzing, humming sound as studded tires. There are no seasonal restrictions on tires without studs. You can be cited $136 for running studded tires after the season has ended. Studies have shown that stud-free tires are better in almost all snow conditions other than glare ice, which occurs only about one percent of the time in this part of the country.

Which winter tire is best for me?

Reach out to your local tire dealer to learn more about stud-free winter tires.

Which winter tire is best for me?

Reach out to your local tire dealer to learn more about stud-free winter tires.

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