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SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

Studded tires unjustified

Rough rides, constant alignments and pothole central are the roads of Spokane. All these problems caused by studded snow tires. Studs wear down, eating away the very roads we travel. All the roads of Spokane have been eaten away full of potholes and cracks.

Studded snow tires in use while the roads are clear from snow and ice cause more damage to the roads than the studs are worth. The streets of Spokane get cleared enough that studs shouldn’t even be in use unless driving up to a mountain or going over a pass. If studs are truly needed to go up a mountain or pass, chains would be the logical, safer choice due to the fact studs wear out.

Outlaw studs and the roads have less potholes and won’t cause as much damage to cars that drive daily on the roads. Without potholes that have to be constantly filled by construction workers, they can focus more on the actual road construction that is half complete. Without studs, the road will be safer. There are alternative nonstudded winter tires that are just as effective, if not more, than studs.

Nicholas H. Kilburn


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