Much of the UK has had some snowfall over the last few days and we are told that there will be another blast over the next week or so, are you ready and is you car?
If you are in an area that experiences light snowfall from time to time or you know that you are likely to have to driver through snow at some point then it is well worth investing in a pair of snow socks for your car.
Traditionally the preferred option for people who are going to have to drive in snow has been tyre chains, these heavy duty fittings are still unquestionably the king of the snow and ultimately if you are going to be driving in some serious bad weather then this is what you want to be equip with but snow socks provide a more delicate and lightweight alternative.
Snow socks usually come in a bag with some fitting gloves so that you can carry them around all year in the boot of your car. They were specifically designed to be used in countries where snow may be on roads for short distances and short periods of time, they were never designed to replace tyre chains even though in some tests it has been proven that they are capable of creating a similar level of traction. In countries where snow chains are a legal requirement rather than an option snow socks are not considered a viable alternative but might still be useful for easy fitting in small spaces and quick use to get you out of a tight spot.
To fit a snow sock you need to start at the top and pull the sock down both sides then drive half a wheel turn, either forwards or backwards and pull the sock over the remainder of the tyre – it is after all a sock remember!
With its elasticised opening it fits snugly on the back of the tyre and as you drive along, the sock finds its own centre of gravity which prevents it from coming off. Once its fitted that’s it and there are no adjustments required, it wont come off until you take it off which can be done just as quickly and easily as putting it on. There is really no other quicker and easier bad weather driving solution than a snow sock.
The socks are reuseable and fairly hardwearing for the price, although you will want to take a few precautions when using them to extend their life, these steps are outlined on the fitting guide you will receive with your sock.