Another sure sign of spring is at hand.
For drivers on the Kenai Peninsula, studded tires must be removed from their vehicles by May 1, said 1st Sgt. Nils Monsen of the Alaska State Troopers.
Failure to remove studded tires by the deadline is considered an equipment violation and the driver will be ticketed and fined $50, Monsen said.
The ticket can be corrected by quickly changing the tires and bringing the vehicle to the trooper detachment office in Soldotna for inspection.
Businesses are preparing for the rush.
Bill Parrish, owner of Bill's Automotive in Kenai, said he has been busy, but he expects it to get busier.
"The real rush won't come until two to three days before deadline," he said.
Terry Jones, with Kachemak Auto in Homer, said his business has been busy also and is booked through next week.
The approximate price for a mount-and-balance job is $10 per tire at service stations in the area.
According to Monsen, after tires are taken off, they may not be changed back to studded tires until Sept. 15.
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