Getting stuck in snow is no fun for anyone. It can be even scarier and crazy when the vehicle you drive is a vehicle that has four-wheel drive but it is still failing to transverse the areas that you need it to go. If you want to get back on the road after you have been forced off the road because of slick conditions then the last thing you probably want to deal with is chains or cables. We have all had that sigh of discomfort when we realize that we are going to have to struggle to put them on our wheels. The feeling can be exacerbated by doing the job while in the middle of cold and snow. The other reality that can become part of this nightmare is that you may not have gloves or gloves that allow you to do physical labor easily. If either of these two things is the case for you then you are likely going to have the discomfort of cold hands or possibly numb hands and fingers. Obviously, this prolongs the amount of time to put on the chains or cables. The only way to shorten that exposure to that problem is to shorten the amount of time it takes to get your traction device up and running. How do you do that you ask? You make sure that the traction device you are going to use is easy to install and remove.
If you have not heard of AutoSocks then you will very soon. AutoSocks are much easier to put on and take off than any other type of traction device. You literally slip them on your wheels and you slip them off. It is just that easy. You do not have to try to "sweep" anything around your wheels and fail because there is too much snow or ice. You do not need to link anything together. You just slip them on and go. It is faster and much easier than using other types of traction devices.
Are they legal and sturdy? They are perfectly legal to each state in the United Sates according to AutoSock's website. You may want to check the rules and regulations for your country if you do not live in the United States. However, they do have a good reputation and they were developed overseas which means that there is a very high chance that someone, where you live, is probably already using them. The sturdiness question does bring up a point, however. The thing you want to do when using the AutoSocks is to follow the directions on the package. It might seem like an obvious thing to do, yet, most people do not follow the instructions and end up breaking their AutoSock way before it would normally wear down. The instructions are actually, at the time of this writing, on the front of the package. They look like part of the advertisement and they are easy to miss because of that fact. It could be the reason that so many people use the AutoSock wrong.
The main thing you want to do is to make sure that you are taking the AutoSock off at night. Many people leave it on and it freezes to the tire. An AutoSock that is frozen to a tire will be slick and it will also be hard to move. It can also damage the material, therefore, your best bet is to take off the AutoSock as soon as you are done driving. You should let it dry and keep it from freezing by not drying it outside.
You should also not drive the AutoSock over the pavement as it wears down the material much quicker. The other thing you should keep in mind when thinking about that is that you should not drive over 30 mph while using them or 20 mph in a commercial vehicle. Unfortunately, most people violate this rule and destroy their AutoSock.
The AutoSock product you buy will work great and last you a good while if you do the right things. Take care of them and they will definitely help you keep from sliding. They come in many different sizes including tires that have sizes around 185.