Which? Car snow socks videoAre snow socks a practical winter option?

20 December 2010

With the cold snap affecting the majority of the UK, travel conditions worsening and no apparent signs of snowfall and ice letting-up, Which? Car has conducted a brief test on snow socks to see if they’re a practical purchase for a UK motorist.

Watch our snow socks quick test video


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What are snow socks?

Snow socks

We tested the AutoSock snow socks, watch our video to see how they performed

A low-cost, easy-to-fit alternative to winter tyres or snow chains.  

Unlike snow chains, there are no metal parts on snow socks. Instead, snow socks are made-up of a strong, hairy fabric, which claims to grip slippery surfaces, such as snow and ice.

The major difference as a result is less road noise, reduced damage to the road itself and minimal vibration in comparison with snow chains.

Prices do vary, but you should be looking at spending around £50 for a pair of snow socks - they only need to be fitted to the driven wheels, so they're sold in sets of two. They cost around the same as a cheap set of snow chains, and are only around a quarter of the price of a set of winter tyres on the car we tested. 

Although snow socks are TUV-approved and have been tested for 30 miles at 30mph on dry tarmac, the material will wear if used on tarmac too much. Therefore, once you’ve got off the snow, you should remove them. This limits their usefulness compared with winter tyres, as they won't stop your car from skidding on ice. 

Read our driving in snow advice.

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