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RETRACTABLE STUDS
(2008-03-31)
(wgvu) - - STUDDED TIRES WORK BEST ON SNOWY AND ICY
ROADS ACROSS THE NATION'S SNOWBELT. BUT HIGHWAY OFFICIALS WINCE AT
THE DAMAGE THEY CAUSE WHEN ROADS ARE DRY.
PROMOTERS OF A NEW TYPE OF WINTER TIRE BELIEVE THEY'VE SOLVED
THE PROBLEM WITH SOME JAMES BOND-STYLE GADGETRY.
THESE TIRES FEATURE RETRACTABLE STUDS THAT EMERGE WHEN THE
DRIVER FLIPS A SWITCH.
WHEN THE SNOW AND ICE MELT, ALL IT TAKES IS ANOTHER FLIP OF THE
SWITCH AND THE STUDS RETRACT BACK UNDER THE TREADS.
PROMOTERS HAVE BEEN VISITING NORTHERN STATES LIKE MAINE TO MAKE
SURE THEIR PRODUCT DOES NOT RUN AFOUL OF STATE RULES AND
REGULATIONS.
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