Want to avoid a fine? Take off those studs

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A common snow tire. From wikipedia.org

OLYMPIA — Monday is the last day studded tires are allowed on Washington state roads for the 2013-14 winter season.

Studded tires are only legal in Washington from Nov. 1- March 31. Drivers who use studded tires after today face a $124 fine.

Ultimately, the Washington State Department of Transportation would like to phase out the use of studded tires altogether, and improve to new, lighter weighted studs, because the abrasion on pavement surfaces caused by studded tires wears down pavement at a much greater rate.

For more information on studded tire laws, visit the WSDOT website.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

  • 90 page report

    DOT has been ignoring the benefits of studded tires for years. Minus a toxic slurry of salts and chemicals they are the ONLY thing which actively defends against black ice even forming. Each studded tire pass over freezing ice leaves chips and marks that allow ALL OTHER type of tires improved traction. Locations that have banned studs or gone under the 10% threshold needed to keep black ice conditions at bay have needed to triple or more their use of that toxic slurry of salts and chemicals. Sold to us by the same companies which sponsor lavish junkets for DOT bigwigs in tropical locations.

    Most of this info is buried in the 90 page report the DOT cites for the reason for banning studs. Read it for yourself.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.