First, it is important to note that studded tires are only allowed on vehicles in Quebec between October 15 and May 1.
Studded tires can greatly improve grip and stability on icy and snowy roads in winter due to the studs cut into the tread. However, it is important to consider the potential damage they can cause to roads and to check local regulations before using them. It is also important to note that studded tires tend to be noisier and less fuel efficient.
Studded tires or standard winter tires, what should I choose?
If you live in a rural area that is heavily impacted by snow and ice, equipping your vehicle with studded tires may be a wise choice. This is because studded tires offer better grip and traction on slippery and icy roads, which will make your driving safer.
However, they are quite noisy and much less effective on snow-cleared roads. So studded tires are not the best for urban drivers, in addition to consuming more fuel.
Where are they allowed?
Studded tires, while popular in many areas, are not accepted everywhere. As previously mentioned, studs can cause damage to asphalt roads and concrete structures. In many parts of the United States, the use of studded tires is actually prohibited. Therefore, if you travel often, it is probably best to consider another type of tire.
What does it cost?
If you’re considering studded tires, keep in mind that they come at a slightly higher price than your regular winter tires. On average, you can expect to pay between 10 and 20% more.
In conclusion, know that no matter what type of tires you have, when winter arrives, it is essential to be extra careful!