Given the current weather forecasts, the Oregon Department of Transportation ended the studded tire season March 31. All studded tires should now be off vehicles.

ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. A study completed in 2000 concluded studded tires cause at least $40 million worth of damage each year on city streets, county roads and state highways.

Other types of traction tires are available. These traction tires meet Rubber Manufacturers Association standards for use in severe snow conditions and carry a special symbol on the tire sidewall showing a three-peaked mountain and snowflake. Research shows these tires provide better traction than studded tires when used on bare pavement.

ODOT warns that if you must travel when weather conditions present difficulties, use other types of traction tires or chains or postpone your travel until conditions improve.

Motorists can visit or call 511 for the latest road conditions. ODOT provides bad weather driving tips and how-to videos online:

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