Snow socks are stretchy fabric covers that slip over the wheels of your car to give it added grip on snow and ice. They can work well, as long as they are used in the correct way.
So should you buy snow socks? Here’s everything you need to know.
Snow socks can help you get home after an unexpected snowfall, or get you moving off your driveway until you reach a gritted surface or a more major road that has been cleared. However, they are not a substitute for winter tyres.
The idea is, you keep your snowsocks in your boot, then when you get stuck you simply slip them over your car's driven wheels and drive on. Once you're clear of the hazard, you take them off again.
Snow socks are a user-friendly substitute for snow chains and vary in price. They are typically available from roughly £50 per pair – or around a quarter of the cost of a pair of winter tyres.
Our video, below, will show you the quick and easy way to fit snow socks.
Dry snow and ice stick to the textile surface of the socks, generating greater friction between the road and the tyre. Snow socks also wick away water between the tyre and road, which further decreases the risk of slipping and skidding.
Snow socks are made from textiles with fibres arranged at a right angle to the direction of travel, to optimise grip on the road.