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Are there any shops/retailers that sell snow socks for cars?! thanks in advance =) Read More
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
Are there any shops/retailers that sell snow socks for cars?!

thanks in advance =)
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#1
blacks, millets, mountainwarehouse, selfridges, john lewis, snow and rock
#2
my neighbour has a set for his works van supplied by his work.
I watched him try the hill at the bottom of our road which is slightly tilted to the sidde too. He ended up still sliding into the wall.
I was looking at the for my car, im greatful I didnt spend over £50 on a set after seeing him do that.
#3
I thin vauxhall dealers have these in but the review I read said that they were only of use to really pull away. You can't go over 30 mph and they quite quickly wear down. But this is only what I read so may be best to see if anyone has any real experience of them.

My best tip i picked up was when pulling away, ONLY have the clutch pressed down and very very gently lift the clutch up - DON'T use the accelerator at all. The car then very carefully pulls away with no slipping of the wheels. Once you have some momentum, you can then (again very carefully) press the accelerator. It's worked really well for us today in this weather!
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if your stuck anywhere all you have to do is put your car mats under your driving tyres. Get off the ice and then go get your car mats.

Works 100% everytime
#5
Another important thing to do is feather the throttle, short gentle repeated presses, always helps to get me moving, even when everyone else is stuck.
#6
I'd heard Vauxhall had them too...i've got a set in my car for emergencies and must admit they've been amazing. Spent 2 hours trying to get out of my parent's ice-covered street at the beginning of the month, took 10 minutes to put them on and i just drove straight out as if on tarmac. Used them 3 times now, each time the same...
#7
I got taught in the army to pull of in 2nd gear in the snow, then keep to high gear low revs. Never had any problem. Snow chains are awesome had them on my Landrover Wolf in Bosnia
#8
LiGhTfasT
if your stuck anywhere all you have to do is put your car mats under your driving tyres. Get off the ice and then go get your car mats.

Works 100% everytime

I bought 4 cheap rubber mats from tesco to do this with and keep them in the boot thankfully haven't had to use them yet but they only cost me 97p each lot cheaper than proper covers.
#9
Ive used a couple of old bits of carpet to get me going. Abot 3 feet long cut into 2 strips,worked a treat.
#10
Don't bother with them... just switch to a winter tyre / alloy combo for the winter months...

Problem solved.

However... trying to get a set of winter rubber will be hard now!!!

Edited By: RickT on Dec 20, 2010 23:38
#11
ha I misread this on my mobile last night...Try Halfords of course first...but other than that, I'm not sure, you usually just need something that will dig into the ground with some weight on it, car mats would be ideal as they flex, perhaps some wood planks (just dont stand behind the wheels when someone is accelerating, you could have a wood plank flying toward you)...a pile of dead wood branches etc...just chuck anything dry under the tyre that comes to hand.

Also pull away in a high gear, that way you'll minimise torque and reduce the chances of wheel spin, thus "shining" any surface you are trying to pull away on



Edited By: Dannyb2007 on Dec 21, 2010 11:14
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Learn to drive on snow / ice properly, nothing else required.
#13
Inactive
Learn to drive on snow / ice properly, nothing else required.


On summer rubber ?
#14
RickT
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Learn to drive on snow / ice properly, nothing else required.


On summer rubber ?

I manage without winter tyres, snow socks, chains etc. As does my wife now who used to hate driving in the snow. Skid Car/Pan should be compulsory for new drivers as it could help in the future. I've never been stuck in the snow (touch wood) but I still carry water, stove, food, spade, grit blankets etc in my car and work van.
#15
Paddy_o_furniture
RickT
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Learn to drive on snow / ice properly, nothing else required.


On summer rubber ?

I manage without winter tyres, snow socks, chains etc. As does my wife now who used to hate driving in the snow. Skid Car/Pan should be compulsory for new drivers as it could help in the future. I've never been stuck in the snow (touch wood) but I still carry water, stove, food, spade, grit blankets etc in my car and work van.


It depends where you live, the terrain, car you drive, type of driving... If your always driving on gritted roads, you may think you don't need them...

Skid pan training should be a must, but you can try and prevent to even getting to that situation.

One thing people forget about winter tyres is the stopping distance compared to summer rubber... Think of the 7'c rule.

Its people who have never used winter rubber who do not understand how much better and safer it is.



Edited By: RickT on Dec 21, 2010 14:07
#16
RickT
Paddy_o_furniture
RickT
Inactive
Learn to drive on snow / ice properly, nothing else required.


On summer rubber ?

I manage without winter tyres, snow socks, chains etc. As does my wife now who used to hate driving in the snow. Skid Car/Pan should be compulsory for new drivers as it could help in the future. I've never been stuck in the snow (touch wood) but I still carry water, stove, food, spade, grit blankets etc in my car and work van.


It depends where you live, the terrain, car you drive, type of driving... If your always driving on gritted roads, you may think you dont need them...

One thing people forget about winter tyres is the stopping distance compared to summer rubber...

Think of the 7'c rule.

Its people who have never used winter rubber who do not understand how much better and safer it is.

I live in the North East and we been nailed by the bad weather, not so much this time but the ice is bad. My work van is FWD is is my car. The A road not far from mine is gritted but not my local roads as the council are focusing on bus routes. I agree on the stopping distance but you can pre-emt/avoid most (not all) instances where you may need this. Until you have driven in Bosnia in the winter you haven't done winter driving.
#17
Paddy_o_furniture

I live in the North East and we been nailed by the bad weather, not so much this time but the ice is bad. My work van is FWD is is my car. The A road not far from mine is gritted but not my local roads as the council are focusing on bus routes. I agree on the stopping distance but you can pre-emt/avoid most (not all) instances where you may need this. Until you have driven in Bosnia in the winter you haven't done winter driving.


Bosnia.......Where winter tyres are required by law for the winter months........

Having spent a fair bit of time in Sweden and Norway in the winter months, I for one know how good winter and studded tyres are.

Fact is.... winter tyres are safer than summer rubber in the current conditions.






Edited By: RickT on Dec 21, 2010 14:19
#18
In my opinion the best thing everyone can do is learn to ride a motorbike or atleast a scooter...after riding a bike for a number of years, then getting in a car, It helped me in analysing and observing both my surroundings and the road conditions.
#19
RickT
Paddy_o_furniture

I live in the North East and we been nailed by the bad weather, not so much this time but the ice is bad. My work van is FWD is is my car. The A road not far from mine is gritted but not my local roads as the council are focusing on bus routes. I agree on the stopping distance but you can pre-emt/avoid most (not all) instances where you may need this. Until you have driven in Bosnia in the winter you haven't done winter driving.


Bosnia.......Where winter tyres are required by law for the winter months........

Having spent a fair bit of time in Sweden and Norway in the winter months, I for one know how good winter and studded tyres are.

Fact is.... winter tyres are safer than summer rubber in the current conditions.






Not during the civil war, which is when I was there, Mine fields either side of the road and I never disagreed with you about winter tyres. The driver is the most important thing in the snow, regardless of tyres, chains etc.

Edited By: Paddy_o_furniture on Dec 21, 2010 15:45
#20
RickT
Inactive
Learn to drive on snow / ice properly, nothing else required.


On summer rubber ?


Yes, of course.
#21
The best form of action would be to make it law in the UK, that way it will force people to have them or force them off the road.
#22
RickT
The best form of action would be to make it law in the UK, that way it will force people to have them or force them off the road.


Good idea in theory, but in reality, we're a boxed in crowded nation, a lot of people are going to struggle to find somewhere to store four large wheels and tyres.
#23
peodude
RickT
The best form of action would be to make it law in the UK, that way it will force people to have them or force them off the road.


Good idea in theory, but in reality, we're a boxed in crowded nation, a lot of people are going to struggle to find somewhere to store four large wheels and tyres.


That's why a lot of companies offer this service already at a price...

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