Oregon and Washington drivers have until March 31 to remove studded tires or potentially face a fine.
In both Oregon and Washington, the season to use studded tires runs from November 1 - March 31.
Studded tires are allowed for a limited time during the winter, because they cause millions of dollars in damage to roads every year.
Alternatives to studded tires Chains and chain-like devices
- Chains are more effective than studded tires and are becoming easier to install and use.
- Check your owner’s manual: link chains may not be recommended for use on some types of vehicles.
Other traction tires
- Traction tires other than studded tires provide increased traction in winter conditions.
- They work about as well as studded tires on ice, but work better than studded tires or regular tires in most other winter conditions.
- These other traction tires cause no more damage to road surfaces than regular tires.
Snow socks are a textile covering that slips over your tires. Snow socks are a viable option if you need temporary traction to get out of a snowy spot.
In Washington, the fine for using studded tires after March 31 is $136. In Oregon the fine is nearly $200.