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Old 10-27-2008, 04:12 PM
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Well folks I got a question for yall.

I was told by a tech at Northtown Jeep that studded snow tires (like they put on for me without a comment ) are illegal in ERIE county.

I was very confused since I know that studs are legal in NYS from Oct 15 to April 30. My dad has run them at home (Ithaca) for nearly 8 years now. We live in a very hilly area, bad plowing, lots of freezing precip, etc. And we used to live in Buffalo when I was younger and my dad knew a couple of guys running studs on their trucks' snow tires then.

Now I'm not concerned or anything, my car isn't registered here, my license shows my address as Ithaca, but I can't find anything online regarding county specific laws for studs. All I see is stud dates from the NYS DMV website.

Is this guy making stuff up? I can't really imagine this being true, he also mentioned that studs have been illegal since before I was born. I probably look like I'm in my early 20s so...
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:44 AM
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When I was younger, about 5-10 years ago, I would run studded snow tires on my thunderbird.

They are allowed up until a certain date.

Honestly, if you are driving in regular suburban/city areas, you don't need studded snows. Regular snow tires have worked great for me in lockport, the northtowns, and the southtowns.
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Old 11-20-2008, 03:13 PM
Location: Buffalo NY
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Studded snow tires are illegal in Ontario. As for in NYS they are legal, but I would check with DMV or DOT as to when you can or can't use them.

If you really need the traction of snow tires I suggest Bridgstone Blizzaks snow and ice tire instead. They are kinda pricy, but you get what you pay for. The traction and braking control is just awesome.
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