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.