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Frequently Asked Questions for Winter Driving

Winter travel information and roadway restrictions

Tires

  • What is a traction tire?
  • When is it legal to use studded tires in Washington?
  • I live in a state that allows studded tire use beyond Washington’s dates. Since I’m not a resident, can I legally drive in Washington with studded tires, as long as I am complying with my state’s studded tire regulations and laws?
  • Are there any alternatives to studded tires?

Chains

Commercial/Oversized Vehicles

How do I get more information?
For more information, contact WSDOT Winter Maintenance.