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Like them or not, studded tire season is back

By Femi Abebefe
Published On: Nov 03 2013 12:12:55 AM CDT

NewsChannel 21's Femi Abebefe reports on how local tire stores have seen an increase of customers due to winter tire season.

BEND, Ore. -

With a winter-type storm moving in and studded tires once again legal on Oregon roads, you can imagine just how busy Central Oregon tire stores were Saturday.

There were big crowds at stores like America’s Tire on the north side of Bend.

Store Manager Bryan Johnson recommends getting some sort of snow tire put on your car, to give you better traction in the snow and ice. He said the last few days have been busy in their shop, as usual.

"As of Nov. 1, of course is when studs are available and ready to go on people's cars," Johnson said. "The last several mornings, at 6 in the morning, we have had 30 to 35 customers waiting at the door, ready to get tire service handled."

Along with getting your tires switched over, police and fire medics want to remind you to make sure you have an emergency kit in your car. They say to have a blanket, food, water and flashlight among other things.

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