AutoSock snow socks are the quick and easy solution for driving on icy and snowy roads in winter. Their ingenious design allows you to easily fit them to your car's driving wheels in just a couple of minutes and get your vehicle moving again.
Although developed in Norway, they're particularly appropriate for the UK, where we experience sudden and sporadic snow fall, usually short lasting, but so often the cause of massive disruption and inconvenience while it lasts.
They’re sold in pairs with sizes for almost all tyres, from cars to trucks – they’re used by many of the UK’s emergency service vehicles. Just pull them over the driving wheels whenever you need extra grip, before or after you’ve started skidding.
AutoSock are reusable tyre snow socks which you pull over the driving wheels of vehicles that need extra grip on ice or snow. There are sizes to fit almost all car, van, truck, bus and fork lift tyre sizes. They’re quick and easy to fit and remove - no special training is required - and they fold up for easy storage, in their waterproof bag, to about the size of a shirt.
AutoSock snow socks will take much of the worry out of winter driving, getting you down to the salted roads, helping you up and down hills, getting you moving if you start to skid – they even work really well in slush – and getting you home. Maybe hard to believe, but true
Astonishingly well! They are more effective (short term only) than winter tyres (and a lot cheaper) and are also more effective than snow chains in many situations, especially on ice. Don't just take our word for it – they’ve been tested and formally approved by Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, DAF, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Linde, Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nio, Nissan, Peugeot, Seat, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
We supply AutoSock to the emergency services in the UK and Ireland – fire, police and ambulance.
AutoSock are also approved for use in most European countries, and in Canada and the USA, as an alternative to snowchains.
It's to do with friction, specifically dry friction. Dry snow and ice sticks to fabric, especially woolly fabric as anyone who has snowballed in woolly mitts will remember. AutoSock are made from a hairy fabric which sticks to the snow or ice; the fibres are arranged at right angles to the direction of travel to optimise grip. Very importantly, AutoSock's specially developed textile also absorbs and ‘wicks away’ any water that's found between the ground and the tyre, (generated e.g. by the warmth of the sun, or by wheel spin), thereby maximising the dry friction grip.
AutoSock are so simple to fit that they require no practise and only take a couple of minutes to install - even with freezing fingers!
AutoSock are suitable for vehicles with limited clearance and also improve electronic safety systems like ABS. They won't damage your alloys either (unlike some snow chains).
AutoSock are the 'original & best'. There are many cheap fakes on the market that haven’t been safety tested like AutoSock and do not perform to the same high standards as the genuine article.
From its beginning, the AutoSock product has been developed in close collaboration with car manufacturers and the german TÜV Süd. Since 2001, AutoSock has been certified by TÜV Süd as a "winter emergency driving aid".
In 2008, AutoSock passed the requirements of the new ÖNorm V5121 and are approved as a snow chain equivalent. During the same year, the AutoSock for Truck product range gained approval as a traction device by the CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) / USA.
As well as the car manufacturer endorsements, AutoSock meets the requirements of the European snow chain standard EN16662-1:2020, and may be used on vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes GVW in the EU (except Austria), and in Switzerland, where there is a requirement for snow chains to be carried.
Austria told the market in June 2022 that it does not accept the new standard EN16662-1:2020, in place from 1st December 2020, so AutoSock are not approved in Austria where it is mandatory to carry snowchains, and to use them if the conditions require it. We hope that this anomaly will be resolved soon.
AutoSock is the first product worldwide to be certified according to the European standard EN16662-1. Following EU procedures, the standard has been implemented as national standard in all EU member states (except Austria), as well as in Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
AutoSock for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles below 3,5t gross weight can now be used whenever snow chains are mandatory in any country of the EU (except Austria).
I live on a steep hill. Autosocks worked perfectly up and down. The local roads were usually covered with snow and they were very useful here also. They were great on parking places which had not been salted. We drive an Audi Q3 FWD diesel.
I got hopelessly stuck in my Audi A4 , after being caught in a heavy snowfall whilst visiting customers. I fitted the Autosocks and was a little sceptical that they would offer much assistance. How wrong I was - they completely transformed the car and offered immediate...
I can't recommend AutoSocks highly enough. We live in Sheffield which is very hilly. Last year when we had a heavy fall of snow all the main roads were gridlocked but, with the Autosocks on, we sailed up all the hilly back roads where no-one else had driven and got...
I live at the bottom of an estate with three ways to leave all uphill! My BMW 3-series won't move even on a frosty road. With the autosocks fitted it's like driving on a dry road even in the snow. Superb product! my only problem is with low-profile tyres, the space...
works well.easy to use.good value.easy to carry round
If, like me, you live in a hilly place where the local council can't be bothered to grit, then these are essential. They work exactly as advertised. The only slight problem I have come across is that they are not very easy to remove when you have limited room in the...
Autosock is the probably the best thing you could ever buy because in these harsh weather conditions you want to feel safe and you want to be with your love ones. Autosock is great for rear wheel drive especially for BMW. once you have put them on you can straightaway...
This product works almost as well as chains but is a LOT easier to fit. I have a 4x4 but used these to give me almost UNBEATABLE purchase on the road, UP and DOWN hill. they are much better than Winter Tyres and are a fraction of the cost. I hyped them so much several...
very easy to put on-much easier than chains. I leave my AutoSock in the boot year round-take up next to no space. amazing performance in snow
With over 20 different sizes, there's an AutoSock to fit nearly every tyre size.