Snow tires

Softer rubber compounds in winter tires deliver improved traction and control in colder driving conditions.

Washington State Department of Transportation reminds all travelers to prepare themselves and their vehicles well before the threat of snow and ice kicks into high gear.

• Make sure brakes and other mechanical parts are working properly.

• Studded tires are allowed Nov. 1 through March 31, though stud-free, winter traction tires cause less road damage.

• All travelers are reminded to carry chains whenever crossing mountain passes to be prepared for changing weather conditions. Failure to obey a tire chains sign can mean a ticket of up to $500.

• Download the WSDOT mobile app or sign up for email and/or text updates about road conditions: @wsdot_north or @WSDOT

• WSDOT’s traffic information radio stations are 530 AM and 1610 AM.

• Check out winter driving tips and information at wsdot.wa.gov or dial 511 and get the most up-to-date roadway information before heading out.

Ferry users are reminded that changing weather and lower temperatures allow for slick roadways leading to and surrounding the WSF terminals.

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