DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The studded tire season started last week, and some tire experts say you're going to need them, or some type of traction device.
If you plan to go over any major mountain passes throughout the winter, it is state law to either have studs or chains for your tires when going through snowy terrain.
For those who don't want to fuss with changing out tires every six months, tire specialists say there's a new way to avoid chains and studs. Josh Chavez, counter manager at Les Schwab, told KPIC News, "Studless snow compound tires are getting more and more popular now. In most conditions, they do just as well as the studded tire. They are smoother, quieter, and tend to last longer than the studded tire, and that is becoming the popular alternative," he said.
ODOT says they're seeing less damage to roadways with studless tires.
Studded tires are legal from November 1 through April 1, unless changed by the state Department of Transportation.