The weather is changing, frost is hitting the pumpkin, and pretty soon snow will be hitting the road. (I know, I don't want to think about it either). But it's a fact of life, something we all deal with, so the earlier we prepare, hopefully, the better off we'll be!

But how early is too early? Especially when it comes to getting your snow tires (or studs) on your vehicle. The last thing you want to do is wait in line at one of the tire shops on the first day of snow. That crew works hard enough during the winter; don't bombard them by giving them extra work that day!

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A good rule of thumb is to put on your winter tires when you're typically driving during 45 degrees or colder temperatures. But legally, that is not the case. You can lawfully have studs on your car starting on November 1st, and they need to be removed by April 1st.

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Depending on the weather, the dates have shifted in the past, but for the most part, if you are caught driving with studs on your vehicle, you could receive a fine of $137.

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For more information on Vehicle & Equipment requirements in Washington, check out the WSDOT's site.

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