AutoSock are reusable tyre socks, supplied in pairs, which move vehicles on snow or ice, using specially developed textiles which maximise dry friction. You pull them over the driving wheels when you need extra grip, for example before ascending or descending hills; you can also fit them after you’ve got stuck - they'll get you going again. Fitting is easy and obvious - no special training is required.
They should be removed when you get back to dry tarmac. Their wear rate will depend on how sensibly they are used, and on what type of road surface. If used sensibly they can be used many times, perhaps over several years. They don't have a shelf life as such, so it makes sense to keep a set in the vehicle for use as required – the storage bag for one pair is about the size of a folded shirt. They're a good insurance against losing time and business due to the unpredictability of UK winters - most people have experience of losing grip on snow, and know what a dangerous time-waster this can be.
AutoSock, based in Oslo, created and developed the whole snow sock concept. The major safety-related challenge in this wholly unregulated sector is the number of copy products, most of which are of inferior design and made from unsuitable materials - they work adequately in some snow conditions, but are unreliable in others, failing to grip effectively or even falling off the wheels. Driving in snowy weather is dangerous enough at the best of times…
We have supplied AutoSock over many years to the UK's emergency services fleets, including fire, police and ambulance services.