Studded vs. Non-Studded: What’s the difference?

Is your vehicle winter ready? To answer this question, you first need to answer another difficult question: studded or non-studded winter tires?

You may already have an opinion on this topic — every other customer, mechanic, and City Tire staff member certainly does!

Read these tire facts and make an informed decision on what’s best for you and your family!

Non-Studded Tires

There have recently been incredible enhancements with tread design and compound development, which have made the decision between studded and non-studded even more difficult!
With softer compounds and aggressive tread design, non-studded tires are now outperforming studded tires in many tests. Their performance is so impressive that manufacturers are selecting NOT to make them in a studded option.

Why are they more expensive?
Like any new product, the consumer pays a higher premium for new, innovative technologies. However, when you consider the cost to stud a tire, the price difference between the two is often a wash.

Studded Tires
Studded tires are equipped with tiny metal studs designed to “stick out” past the tire tread. These metal studs dig into ice and packed snow, giving you improved traction in less-than-ideal driving conditions.

However, on dry pavement, these metal studs can significantly increase your stopping distance, since there’s less rubber in contact with the pavement. Plus, Newfoundland and Labrador has strict guidelines on when studded tires are permitted on the road, so be cautious of when you are allowed to use them.

Not an Easy Decision, Is it?
With the variety of winter driving conditions experienced in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s easy to flip-flop over one type or the other. Maybe this table on the average performance of a tire with studded and non-studded options will help!


Explore your options and know all the facts before you make a decision. And if you have any questions, just ask any City Tire & Auto Representative!

Have other questions about winter driving? Check out our blog for information on winter driving techniques or the difference between winter and snow tires.


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