Snow Socks

For Cars, Vans and 4x4s

Enter your car registration to find Car Snow Socks

If you order a set of snow socks from the RAC Shop and find that they don't fit your tyres, make a note of your tyre size and give us a call. We will pay the return delivery postage costs and send you new Snow Socks with no delivery charges. 1 We match snow socks based on the standard factory fit wheels and tyres for your car. If you’ve fitted different wheels and tyres you can manually choose the right size here

Van & 4x4 Snow Socks

We now offer a range of Snow Socks for vans, 4x4s and Light Commercial Vehicles. These are priced at £69.99 per pair. To find the right sock for you vehicle please use our van snow sock look-up table to match your tyre size to the correct set of snow socks.

What are snow socks?

Snow socks are an affordable and effective way of improving your driving control in snowy or icy weather conditions, allowing you to drive without slipping or skidding. They are textile covers or ‘tyre socks’ that are worn over your driving tyres to give extra grip in ice and snow on un-gritted roads, an inexpensive alternative to winter tyres for short driving distances. Snow socks for cars are easy to fit, simply carry them in your vehicle and slip them over your wheels when needed.

Quick To Fit

Simply slip the ‘socks’ over your two front tyres and wheels quickly and easily when you require a little extra driving control. As you can fit them yourself very easily, you can avoid the additional expense of tyre fitting and removal that you would face if switching between summer and winter tyres. In order to wrap them fully over the whole tyre, you may need to move the car slightly back and forth to get underneath the wheel, but the entire fitting process should only take a matter of minutes. Therefore, snow socks are a great solution for enabling you to make those essential journeys even if you are caught out in a sudden snowfall, especially as they can be easily stored in your car boot so that you can always be prepared should the weather turn icy.

Should You Choose Snow Socks Or Snow Chains?

Snow socks are much easier to fit and remove than snow chains, snow socks work by collecting dry snow and ice on the surface of the socks, which is coated with fibres that have been arranged at right angles to the direction of travel in order to provide traction and maximise the friction contact with the ground.

The UK’s unpredictable weather makes snow socks a great choice for motorists. Although it is advisable to avoid all non-essential travel in adverse winter weather, keeping something in your vehicle for emergencies that can be fitted in minutes can really help you have a safer journey home.

How To Order

Snow socks are sold in pairs and are only needed on the driving wheels of the car. Just enter your registration number above and the RAC will provide you with car socks recommended for the size of your vehicle. If you order your snow socks from the RAC Shop and find that they don't fit your tyres it's not a problem; we'll replace them free of charge.

Snow socks are a great alternative to snow chains or expensive winter tyres, providing traction and grip during snowy weather. The upside to snow socks is that they’re much easier to fit than snow chains and you can be up and running within minutes. Making them particularly useful when in a rush or if you’re not quite up for the challenge of fitting snow chains. As with snow chains, snow socks fit over the driving wheels of your car but with an elasticated edge, they simply slip over the tyre starting from the top down, the car would then need to be moved forward half a metre to finish the last part of the fit. All snow socks will self-centre, so don’t worry too much if they’re not perfectly central to begin with.

Snow socks are made from durable, high resistant anti-skid fabric that behaves like a gauze when used on snow and ice. It uses the small cells in the fabric to embed, effectively sticking to the road. Snow socks are particularly useful if space is at a premium in your car, they fold away neatly in their own nylon bag and weigh approximately 1kg. Making it easy for you to store out of the way until needed.

Snow socks are a little more versatile than snow chains when it comes to sizing. One size may fit multiple tyres, the best thing to do would be to check on the Reg Checker or use the car lookup list for more information. Snow socks can also be used on vans and 4x4’s if preferred, the correct size for your tyres can be worked out using the van and 4x4 look up list.

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