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Ok this post is not strictly a bargain! as there is no sale or discount, but... I'm hoping it may help some fellow HotUKdealers out!

I brought these AutoSocks a few months ago and they have been fantastic in the current snowy and icy roads! I live in a rural part of Surrey and worse than that on a steep hill.

These have allowed me to drive up and down my hill with ease, to such an extent that I have been helping out the people who cannot get out easily to obtain shopping, etc...

There not the cheapest things from £49.75 upwards (depending on wheel size) but there invaluable for helping you get home if you get caught out in the snow.

The website is out of stock on some of the more popular sizes, but does advise that they are getting more in and they are going out on a first served basis next day.

I am no way affiliated with this company, I'm just trying to help people out in these difficult and often dangerous conditions.
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1 Like #1
Looks a great product... any experience on using them ? :)
#2
We live at the top of a hill too and my husband ordered some which arrived yesterday. He's been driving the car with them no probs
banned#3
I ordered some but due to the snow the delivery has been delayed!
#4
Has anyone tried the tyre-grip spray on stuff http://tyre-grip.com/ ?
#5
Ive got some of these snow socks!
I bought them 3 years ago and have never had the chance to use them....until this year! I live on an unmade road bought them to get me up a slight hill to the main road.

I know that they don't look much, but believe me they really do work.
I have ploughed through 14 ins of snow with these very items on the driving wheels. They don't look much at all and they don't even look as though they would work but they sure do.
They have to used to be believed.

Beware though..
you must remove them as soon as you drive on a gritted road. If you left them on they would soon wear away.

Brilliant bits of kit!
#6
how long do these take to put on and take off?
I was looking at them yesterday as I have an automatic and its a nightmare.
#7
Good deal to me, wonder if the offer them at knock down prices in summer month - might wait and see:roll:
#8
pookienoodle
how long do these take to put on and take off?
I was looking at them yesterday as I have an automatic and its a nightmare.


Surely the automatic is easier to drive in snow?
#9
we aint had snow since 1967.

get a convertible!!!!
#10
j4nth
we aint had snow since 1967.

get a convertible!!!!


well no snow this bad anyway. lol
#11
link dont work fails to somethink or other
#13
Handy option for many new cars, as most won't fit traditional chains
#14
davilown
Surely the automatic is easier to drive in snow?


No manual is better, as you sometimes need to ride the clutch gently to move from stand still in deep snow ask any automatic driver.
#15


Not as clear cut as you are making out with this link. If you follow the link below it shows prices much more than the one you posted, in the end it depends on your tyre size. Plus there is postage to factor in, at least £4.50 from towequipe as far as I can make out but it could be more as it isn't overly clear. Postage with Rooftop is £3.75

http://www.towequipe.co.uk/itemlist.html?searchquery=Sock+Chains&submit=Submit+Query
#16
poisondwarf

Beware though..
you must remove them as soon as you drive on a gritted road. If you left them on they would soon wear away.


Only thing stopping me from buying, is having to stop to take it off before you get on a gritted road...
#17
melted;7484463
Has anyone tried the tyre-grip spray on stuff http://tyre-grip.com/ ?


Gets poor review on consumer review website. Good for about 1km only.
#18
It does look interesting seeing it in action - http://tinyurl.com/ycoxfpp
#19
Do you need 2 or 4 socks?. I have a rear wheel drive car.
Thanks
#20
pookienoodle
how long do these take to put on and take off?
I was looking at them yesterday as I have an automatic and its a nightmare.


Couple of minutes to put on and 30 seconds to take off..they really are a doddle
#21
lkl265
Do you need 2 or 4 socks?. I have a rear wheel drive car.
Thanks


Now then..difficult one here..probably 4
Two for the driving wheels which will certainly 'push' the car along. But just two won't be much good if you cant steer. Therefore 2 more for the front.
#22
lkl265;7485955
Do you need 2 or 4 socks?. I have a rear wheel drive car.
Thanks

i think you would need 4 for rwd mate
#23
rains
Only thing stopping me from buying, is having to stop to take it off before you get on a gritted road...


I agree with you here. It is a pain but I only bought them to get me to the main road.
As I have said in a post above, they are a doddle to put on and take off.
Yo sure get cold hands though!
banned 1 Like #24
lkl265
Do you need 2 or 4 socks?. I have a rear wheel drive car.
Thanks


http://www.roofbox.co.uk/car-snow-socks/autosock-faq.php

Q5: Is there anything else I should know about?
A5: Nothing to be concerned about, although certain users may wish to note that

* you can use them with your vehicle's electronic aids left on, unlike snow chains which should NOT be used with traction control and anti skid devices (e.g. ESP / ASC+T / ASR / ABS).
* they are breathable so there's no adverse effect on brake cooling.
* it's recommended that users of rear wheel drive cars should also fit a set to the front wheels to provide better directional stability, especially under braking.
#25
poisondwarf
Now then..difficult one here..probably 4
Two for the driving wheels which will certainly 'push' the car along. But just two won't be much good if you cant steer. Therefore 2 more for the front.


e_munky
i think you would need 4 for rwd mate


Lyrrad
http://www.roofbox.co.uk/car-snow-socks/autosock-faq.php

Q5: Is there anything else I should know about?
A5: Nothing to be concerned about, although certain users may wish to note that

* you can use them with your vehicle's electronic aids left on, unlike snow chains which should NOT be used with traction control and anti skid devices (e.g. ESP / ASC+T / ASR / ABS).
* they are breathable so there's no adverse effect on brake cooling.
* it's recommended that users of rear wheel drive cars should also fit a set to the front wheels to provide better directional stability, especially under braking.


Thanks guys. I'll order 4.
#26
davilown
Surely the automatic is easier to drive in snow?


seen a lot of automatics with rear wheel drive struggling to move and uphill no chance
#27
Borat
seen a lot of automatics with rear wheel drive struggling to move and uphill no chance

Ah - i have a fwd auto as well as a manual fwd. :thumbsup:
#28
Bought some from eBay for £47. Great product, my Audi normally struggles all over the place but didn't have a problem with them. I did struggle to put them on and take off, I think alot will depend on how easy you can squeeze your hands in the gap between your tyres and the wheel arches.

For 18" ers the gap is not great so it was fun!
#29
davilown
Surely the automatic is easier to drive in snow?


I don't see how an automatic could be useful in snow infact I would imagine its worse!
#30
#31
they look good so have sum heat!
#32
Borat
seen a lot of automatics with rear wheel drive struggling to move and uphill no chance


My mates old Merc was an example of that, even on slightly damp roads he used to really struggle to keep the car going. Luckily he's replaced it now, otherwise he'd be going nowhere fast!
#33
P00, out of stock for the size I would need...knowing my luck they'd arrive as soon as it melted!
#34
looks as if most sizes are out of stock.
#35
rains
Only thing stopping me from buying, is having to stop to take it off before you get on a gritted road...


That won't be an issue for much longer if the grit runs out :w00t: :p
#36
these are amazing, my neighbour has them, not ordering because we have not had any mail for 4 days so i doubt these would come in time to be of any use, voted hot though
#37
Borat
seen a lot of automatics with rear wheel drive struggling to move and uphill no chance


Yeah it is worse, with a manual you should pull away in 2nd gear in snow, much easier than 1st gear, but something you just can't do with an automatic.
#38
Chains/socks are a fantastic idea, could have done with a pair earlier this week when I got stuck behind a jack-knifed lorry near the apex of the flintshire bridge for 4 hours on a five mile stretch of Dual Carriageway they seemed to have forgot to grit (gits!).

But in the past for me I get stuck in slow-moving/stopped traffic, what's the point in being able to move when you can't get the queue of cars effectively parked in front of you.

They should stop trying to grit anything but long dual-carriage ways or motorways when there's heavy snow and make chains/socks/Snow tyres compulsory equipment for every vehicle (especially flaming lorries!).
#39
Ok so they may work and may be handy

but £50 to use 2 days of the year maximum (not counting this week as this is the first time its been cold and snowy for a week for 30 years)

Seems steep for the amount of times it will be used.
#40
I could have done with some of them today. Got stuck 3 times. The tread on my tyres is poor, but until today I'd managed. The worst was when I drove into the block where my garage is located, which was ok'ish until today - because of tightly packed/frozen snow/ice. But today the temperature has risen a bit, so I sunk into about 6 inches of snow, with another two inches of melting ice underneath , and came to a sudden halt --- couldn't move backwards or forwards, was like being on a rolling road. It took me nearly an hour of digging and using two rubber mats under wheels to move about 50 yards. Now it's in the garage, I doubt I'll be able to get it out again unless the snow melts - or freezes hard again and a fresh layer of compacted snow goes on top.

Maybe I should just have left the car on the road? --- but once stuck I couldn't go back!

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