Time is running low to get those snow tires off your vehicle.

Mainers motorists are being reminded to remove their studded snow tires for the season. As of May 1, having snow tires on your vehicle could result in a fine.

The state law reads:

"Studded tires

1. Prohibited May 1st to October 1st. Except as provided in subsections 2 and 3, from the first day of May to the first day of October, a person may not operate a vehicle with tires having metal studs, wires, spikes or other metal protruding from the tire tread. Pneumatic tires that feature embedded blocks, studs, flanges, cleats, spikes or other protuberances that are retractable may be used any time of the year, except that the protuberances may not be engaged or extended from the first day of May to the first day of October."

Studded tires wear ruts into the pavement faster than regular tires, hence why the state requires them to be removed May 1, through October 1. Those deep ruts can lead to hazardous road conditions like hydroplaning in the summer months.

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