The effects on accidents of studded tires and laws banning their use: a meta-analysis of evaluation studies.

  • Published: Accident Analysis and Prevention 31 (1999) 125-134
  • Authors: Rune Elvik
  • Date Added: 26 Jun 2013
  • Last Update: 02 Jun 2014
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To identify the best estimate of the effectiveness of studded tyres in preventing injury and the limitations in the current literature.

Methodology:

Literature review

Key Findings:

  • Studded tyres resulted in minor declines in automobile accident rates of

    • 5% on snow or ice covered roads,

    • 2% on dry and wet roads, and

    • 4% on all road surfaces combined.

  • The results of studies of the effects of studded tires on automobile accident rates are found to vary substantially, depending on the quality of the study design.

Themes:

Tyres, studded tyres, weather

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