States Can Eliminate Costly Road Damage While Increasing Driver Safety
Proposed Washington State Bill 1309, if passed will access a $100 fee per new studded tire sold after July 1 of this year , with a ban on studded tire use in 2025, under a law being considered by the House Transportation Committee. The law, would replace the current $5 per studded tire fee and phase out studded tires, it would raise an estimated $3.5 million over the next two years. The estimated damage to state roads, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation study, is $20 million or more a year. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, talked about the damage caused by metal studs she said "they are chewing up our roads."The bill would allow drivers who prefer studded tires to other options to use them until July 2025. "But the state should raise the fee for new studded tires", Ryu said, and collect a total of $400 for four new tires."That is just a tiny little drop in the bucket toward the damage they are causing," she said. Paul Parker, Washington State Transportation Department said Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois have already banned studded tires, as recommended by the Federal Highway Administration.
A currently available option to pavement damaging studded tires are Garnetread™ Formula Infused Traction Tires, which are available today and are superior to studded tires as shown in independent tests conducted by Washington State University and approved for use in all 50 States. Tests funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the US Department of Transportation, proved that Garnetread™ infused tires have exceptional performance benefits for year-round use with superior dry and wet-pavement traction and control. State Transportation officials stipulated no seasonal time restrictions for the use of Garnetread™ infused tires since tests showed minimal wear to pavement surfaces.
Garnet is a semi-precious stone. When garnet is added to rubber in the correct proportions, the result is a tire with superior all season traction. Garnetread™ tires are registered under Patent #4,082,131, with additional patents pending. Garnetread™ formula infused tires have been independently tested by Washington State University in wet, dry, snow and icy conditions. Test results clearly show the superior traction of Garnetread's garnet infused tires, with results confirming that a vehicle equipped with Garnetread™ tires resulted in shorter stopping distances on snow and ice glazed pavement than when the same vehicle was tested with studded tires, and without the pavement wear caused by studded tires. A key feature of Garnetread infused tires is constant traction in all weather conditions, even with normal tire wear as new pieces of garnet are constantly exposed maintaining traction. Garnetread's patented all-season traction tire formula that can be adapted to any rubber based tire design and can be used by all tire manufacturers. Government, corporate and fleet volume discount programs are available.
Over 100,000 tires have been sold incorporating Garnetread's patented traction formula. Drivers of vehicles equipped with Garnetread™ infused tires extoll not only the superior traction and control in winter conditions but also relate how impressed they are with tire performance on dry and rain-slick pavement... the perfect, budget and environmentally friendly, all season tire.
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