Car snow tyre socks are any good? anyone tried them?

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Found 1st Nov 2010
Was wondering if anyone out there has tried these
autosock.co.uk/

They are Snow/ice tyre socks, was thinking of buying some ready for the winter as we live up a nice incline which was inacessable last winter due to ice and compact snow.

Just wondered if these woudl be any good or if chains would be better?

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Googling 'autosock review uk' seems to bring up a fair amount of replies saying how effective they are, very few negative views. Never seen them before and I am sceptical at things like this but looking at the reviews they seem to work.
Edited by: "greg_68" 1st Nov 2010

I ordered some last year...only trouble was that the postie couldn't get them to me until the snow had melted...

Just bought a set of winter tyres on steel wheels from mytyres.com (thanks to those who posted this last year)

But these snowsocks got such good reviews that I might buy a pair and chuck them in the boot as well.

i'd like to know how long they last? i drive for a living and drive fairly hard, i dont know if these would last a normal day for me. they sound like a "get you home" kinda fix

From the reviews they seem to be great in snow covered roads but poor once back on tarmac but that's what I would expect. As soon as the conditions improve you'd have to stop and remove them. seem great if you reallly have to drive. One review said their ambulance turned up with them on.

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They are not meant for driving long distances, nor are snow chains. They are for getting you out of trouble.

I wore snow chains for quite a few days earlier in the year and well I had to repair them after each trip. Great fun driving through the snow though

splatsplatsplat

i'd like to know how long they last? i drive for a living and drive … i'd like to know how long they last? i drive for a living and drive fairly hard, i dont know if these would last a normal day for me. they sound like a "get you home" kinda fix



They are not designed for that type of driviing, but we live on a road that never gets gritted so either we have to leave the car half a mile away on the main road or we're trapped at home. (for 3 days last winter!)

These should get us home.

Video here

And here

I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, it's a 2 person job as far as I can tell. You also need to move the car to get them on/off - no use if you're already stuck.

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ro53ben

I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, … I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, it's a 2 person job as far as I can tell. You also need to move the car to get them on/off - no use if you're already stuck.



yeah snow chains can be put on when stuck, but take a while when your hands are frozen.

I fitted winter tyres on my car a few weeks ago. If I can't get by with them, I'll stay home.

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ro53ben

I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, … I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, it's a 2 person job as far as I can tell. You also need to move the car to get them on/off - no use if you're already stuck.


These are one man job, watch the video you will see.

I am getting very tempted to give them a go now

ro53ben

I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, … I think the main difficulty with these socks is getting them on and off, it's a 2 person job as far as I can tell. You also need to move the car to get them on/off - no use if you're already stuck.



Don't think so.

Look at videos

Woman fitting it single handed!

The more people that buy these the greater the chances of the warmest winter on record.

Yeah, I've seen the video. It's potentially easy, I agree...but in practice?

As an example, put a chalk mark on one of your tyres where it touches the ground. Now get in the car and drive forward just enough to get the chalk mark at the top. Now get out and look. Now get back in and try again. Get out. Oops, missed again. Get in and try again. Ah...did the sock fall off?

As I see it, a second person is required to tell you when to stop when manoeuvring.

i considered getting them. was awful being stuck in the snow with 2 young children and 8 months pregnant!

ro53ben

Yeah, I've seen the video. It's potentially easy, I agree...but in … Yeah, I've seen the video. It's potentially easy, I agree...but in practice?As an example, put a chalk mark on one of your tyres where it touches the ground. Now get in the car and drive forward just enough to get the chalk mark at the top. Now get out and look. Now get back in and try again. Get out. Oops, missed again. Get in and try again. Ah...did the sock fall off?As I see it, a second person is required to tell you when to stop when manoeuvring.



Seriously if you can't judge how to drive 2 feet forward I'm not sure you should be driving at all.

greg_68

Seriously if you can't judge how to drive 2 feet forward I'm not sure you … Seriously if you can't judge how to drive 2 feet forward I'm not sure you should be driving at all.



Kinda proves my point.

2ft isn't going to help much, my tyres have a circumference of 80.8inches...so I need to drive forward around 40inches.

Only identical tyres have the same rolling circumference, very few people know how much this is. Moving the car forward 2ft is easy, you can see that from inside the car by using a marker like a wall or a bush. You can't, however, see how far your wheels have turned.

ro53ben

Kinda proves my point.2ft isn't going to help much, my tyres have a … Kinda proves my point.2ft isn't going to help much, my tyres have a circumference of 80.8inches...so I need to drive forward around 40inches.Only identical tyres have the same rolling circumference, very few people know how much this is. Moving the car forward 2ft is easy, you can see that from inside the car by using a marker like a wall or a bush. You can't, however, see how far your wheels have turned.



Yawn!

Don't buy them then!

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ro53ben

Kinda proves my point.2ft isn't going to help much, my tyres have a … Kinda proves my point.2ft isn't going to help much, my tyres have a circumference of 80.8inches...so I need to drive forward around 40inches.Only identical tyres have the same rolling circumference, very few people know how much this is. Moving the car forward 2ft is easy, you can see that from inside the car by using a marker like a wall or a bush. You can't, however, see how far your wheels have turned.




You only have to move the part of the trye that was on the floor. you have 3/4 of the wheel that you have already covered with the sock....so it's not an exact science you can move the wheel anywhere from 15 inches to 4ft .this is so obvious....why can't you understand that.

lumoruk

I wore snow chains for quite a few days earlier in the year ....



you must be incredibly strong!

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rd6743

you must be incredibly strong!



Stop grave digging old threads

I'm seriously thinking about getting a pair of snow socks - but which make? I used snow chains yesterday, but not being a particularly flexible person (in body), dreaded the thought of having to take them off for the long tarmac stretch. Chains are so darn awkward to both put on and take off (you have to find the connector behind the wheel to take them apart!) and noisy on clear road (at max 25mph).

I think socks are more user-friendly and although they are only for 'get you home', should do the trick. They are also thinner, so should be OK with small clearances such as on my C5.

'spose if you held out a mirror you could see how far you've moved when putting them on/taking them off.

I'm seriously thinking about getting a pair of snow socks - but which make? I used snow chains yesterday, but not being a particularly flexible person (in body), dreaded the thought of having to take them off for the long tarmac stretch. Chains are so darn awkward to both put on and take off (you have to find the connector behind the wheel to take them apart!) and noisy on clear road (at max 25mph).

I think socks are more user-friendly and although they are only for 'get you home', should do the trick. They are also thinner, so should be OK with small clearances such as on my C5.

'spose if you held out a mirror you could see how far you've moved when putting them on/taking them off.
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