Studded tire use continues to be a controversial topic. Many states have banned studded tires and still others have restricted the kind of studs that can be used. Advocates of studded tires argue they improve winter driving through increased vehicle traction. Opponents say they accelerate pavement wear such as rutting, costing taxpayers millions, and believe any traction benefits over newer tire technologies are largely perceived.

Read more from the Alaska Study: All-Season Studless or Studded Tires? You Decide!

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