Survey on the Use of Studded Tires and Their Contribution to Pavement Wear

Report No: 73-R15

Published in 1974

About the report:

Since the legalization of studded tires in Virginia in 1968, yearly surveys have been conducted to determine the extent of their use. Along with the surveys, pavement wear measurements have been taken to determine if the tires are contributing appreciably to pavement wear. The purpose of this report is to record the data gathered thus far so that they may be used with other information to develop recommendations for legislation regarding the use of studded tires in the state.

Although the studded tire surveys have been conducted for only two years in the Shenandoah Valley and five years in Northern Virginia, the writer feels that the following conclusions are valid: 1) The percentage of studded tire usage depends largely on the severity of the winter, 2) Certain types of roads, such as those with limestone mix surfaces, are affected more by studded tires than are other types of roads, and 3) The major wear point on a road is dependent upon the type of road.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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Charles W. Payne

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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