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Deadline Approaches to Take Off Snow Tires

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With the snow melting and summer right around the corner, tire repair shops are encouraging people to remove their snow tires soon.

The seasons are changing; meaning snow tire season is quickly coming to an end.

But for the last few months, drivers have begun to take off their studs.

"We can have snow or snow storms at any given time, but generally speaking, they don't last very long," said Les Schwab Tire Manager Kevin Voss "So most people will start taking them off. Now is a good time."

According to the Montana Highway Patrol, if a driver does not take off their studded snow tires by May 31, they can be given a citation and forced to pay a fine of $85.

As the temperature warms, the studs damage the roads and highways.

Having the winter tires on too long could also damage a vehicle.

"Right now we have a lot of people who are starting to take them off, and trying to get ready so they can beat the deadline, and not have extensive wear on their tires," Voss said.

Tire experts say the longer a driver uses winter tires, the quicker the tires will wear down in future years.

They suggest getting studded tires off, but they know drivers may need them again before the deadline.

"This time of year it's not as critical," said Voss. "You can actually push it off a little bit longer so if the weather does change and gets nasty, you have that extra protection."

Regular rubber tires should be used following May 31.

Snow tires can be put back on vehicles starting October 1.

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