When to Use Studded Tires
If you live in an area where you're frequently forced to drive through severe winter and road conditions, studded tires might be for you. The metal or plastic tire studs help drivers maneuver in tough winter driving conditions, mountainous roads or areas, or roads that require sharp cornering with enhanced traction. Studded tires have studs built into the tread or installed by the dealer. Keep in mind that these studs are excellent for ice traction, but they are not meant for roads that aren't covered in snow or ice. Before installing studded tires, check state regulations where you will be driving as some states specify dates when they can be used or prohibit them altogether.
Not all winter or snow tires are available to be fitted with studs. The Goodyear Ultra Grip® Winter tire is outfitted for optional metal studs for enhanced winter traction.
Understanding & How to Put on Tire Chains
If you live in a place where you regularly drive in severe winter conditions, you may want to consider tire chains (also known as cables). Some mountain roads in the west require drivers to have chains in order to drive on the roads. Tire chains enhance traction on snowy and icy roads. In order to properly install tire chains, follow the manufacturer's instructions. General steps in installation may include the following: