Is "studless tire" a made-in-Japan English?

Do you use the word "studless tire" instead of "snow tire" or "winter tire"?

3 Answers

  • 8 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Well, for a long period of time it was common to install metal studs into almost every tire intended solely for winter usage. These were typically just all-season tires with studs added.

    But studs damage roads, which is why many states restrict them to being used only in winter months. And with better technology and different rubber compounds that stay soft in cold weather you can now get even better traction with a studless winter tire than with a typical studded tire.

    So the term "studless winter tire" helps differentiate tires that get cold weather traction from the type of rubber they use, vs tires that gained traction with metal studs.

    Now that studded tire are virtually obsolete and even banned in many states, the word "studless" tire seems meaningless, but the terminology lives on from the era when that word was necessary to differentiate those tires from "traditional" studded winter tires.

  • Susie
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    “Stud less” means having no studs.  A snow tire or winter tire has studs, as in “studded” tires. 

  • 8 months ago

    We sometimes use "studless snow tire". Most tires are studless.

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