The recent editorial in The Bulletin calling for more study into studded tire damage was a curious request. On one hand, it suggests more research is needed to clarify current trends; then it deftly points out a solid argument against said study.
Anyone who drives Oregon’s highways can attest to the damage studs do to our roads. In a time of dwindling revenue and animosity toward government spending in general, should we really be spending any more resources studying a problem we know the cause of?
Further, should we be spending precious resources on fixing a problem that has a simple solution? As your piece stated, current studless tires outperform studded tires in all but the most infrequent weather. Even then, they offer nearly as good traction.
The old adage says there is nothing like a reformed smoker. I feel that way about studded tires. I switched to studless 15 years ago and am baffled why studs haven’t been banned. I get better performance, much lower operating cost and I never have to sit through the crowd at the tire store at the end of the stud season. Finally, perhaps most importantly, I don’t contribute to the premature ruination of our roads.
The state says my tires are safe traction tires, so we have a viable, inexpensive solution to the problem. Stop selling what’s causing it.