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Tires 101: What are Studded Tires?

Tires 101: What are Studded Tires?

Studded tires are special kinds of snow tires that use metal or rubber studs along the treads to provide improved grip and smooth braking in large amounts of snow. The studs on these tires are designed to dig through snow and chip ice for superior traction. Studded snow tires are illegal in some areas or only regulated for use during winter months orin extreme blizzards. The studs can tear up dry asphalt, which can lead to cracking or potholes.

Benefits of Studded Tires

  • Increases traction on extremely slick or snowy pavement.
  • Creates a better alternative to tire chains, which are illegal in some states.
  • Ideal for drivers commuting in areas with consistently heavy snowfall.
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