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Highway officials offer tips on chains, traction tires, studded tires

Is your vehicle ready for these conditions? Here, an Oregon Department of Transportation plow clears a Vale street during a late-season storm in 2020. (Enterprise file photo)

As colder weather and shorter days arrive, highway officials urge drivers to be prepared with traction tires or tire chains when needed for winter driving conditions.

As of this week, Oregon drivers can use studded tires on their vehicles. Studded tires are allowed Nov. 1 – March 31.

However, Tom Strandberg, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said that while traction tires work about as well as studs on ice, they work better than studded or regular tires in most other winter situations. The traction tires have the mountain and snowflake symbol on the side, indicating they meet manufacturers’ standards for severe snow conditions.

He also said . . .