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Wed Mar 29, 2017, 11:26 PM

Oregon's studded tire season ends Friday

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to remove studded tires by Friday, according to a news release.

“We encourage drivers to not wait until the March 31 deadline to remove their studded tires, especially if they aren’t driving in the mountain passes between now and then,” said Luci Moore, state maintenance and operations engineer.

Studded tires are allowed in Oregon from Nov. 1 through March 31. While the law allows ODOT to extend the studded tire season when necessary, current weather forecasts do not support an extension this year. ODOT has extended the studded tire season past March 31 only four times in the past 15 years. Studded tire season will not be extended this year.

Drivers with studded tires on their vehicles after the deadline can be charged by law enforcement with a Class C traffic violation, which carries a fine of nearly $200.

Read more: http://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/oregon-s-studded-tire-season-ends-friday/article_5d5bcbd7-eb88-5f92-8106-8552e2a50b85.html

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napi21 Mar 2017 #1
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Mar 29, 2017, 11:35 PM

1. Oh, how much I DON'T miss living in snow country! I used to live in Pa. and we had the same deal.

Every car had to have two sets of tires (Summer & winter). Finding a place to store the tires not in use at the time. All that salt & chemicals that save you from accidents I the winter, destroy your car with rust.

I loved the snow and still do, but I sure don't miss what comes with it.

Good luck Oregonians!

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Response to napi21 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 30, 2017, 12:52 PM

2. I've never used studded tires,

but then, I generally don't drive over the passes in the winter. I DID have to drive over the Cascades earlier this month, and had to buy chains to do so, because our mountains and passes STILL had winter storm warnings.

I didn't need the chains, but did drive over slushy, icy, pitted and pot-holed mountain roads with my 4wd; there was both rain and snow.

Happily, my area doesn't use chemicals on icy roads. We've got cinders, which are better than sand. As a matter of fact, yesterday I saw various workers out removing the layer of cinders from the sides of our paved roads, since all the heavy winter snows have finally melted, at least at our elevation.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 30, 2017, 03:11 PM

3. Pa. used cinders when was a little kid. I think they did away with them and went to salt to save

$$ having to pay people to remove the cinders. Why they went to chems I don't know but both the salt & chems play hell with your vehicles!

I remember having to put chains on too when the snow was really deep. That was fun. Struggle to get the chains on and latched, then put the spreaders on and if you managed to kit some dry roads on the way home from work and went too fast, the chains would hit the fenders, and if you did that for too long, you'd break a chain crosslink. Stop, try to fix it with a monkey link, and that didn't work, you took the chains off.

One MORE thing =I don't miss!

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