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AutoSock size 645 (one pair) car snow socks

AutoSock are the 'original & best' car snow socks. There are many cheap fakes on the market that haven’t been safety tested like AutoSock and do not perform to the same high standards as the genuine article.


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   Price: £64.95 (inc VAT)

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AutoSock car snow sock product information

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Why buy AutoSock snow socks?

AutoSock are the 'original & best'. There are many cheap fakes on the market that haven’t been safety tested like AutoSock and do not perform to the same high standards as the genuine article.

At a fraction of the price of winter tyres and some snow chains, AutoSock are a great value for money option. When used correctly, they can be called upon again and again – providing great traction over several winters.

AutoSock are so simple to fit that they require no practice and only take a couple of minutes to install – even with freezing fingers!

AutoSock are suitable for vehicles with limited clearance and also improve electronic safety systems like ABS. They won’t damage your alloys either (unlike some snow chains).

Above all, AutoSock work! Don’t just take our word for it, click on the Customer Reviews tab to view a handful of the hundreds of emails we received last winter from happy AutoSock customers

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How to use AutoSock

Fitting is very easy on most vehicles, more difficult on a few. The most difficult vehicles to fit are – no surprise – rear wheel drive cars with limited clearance. If you can’t get your forearms into the space between the wheel and the wheel arch, fitting will be difficult. But blame the car, not the AutoSock! If they are a very tight fit, too tight, please let us know because there is obviously a size issue that we need to learn about.

How to fit AutoSock

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Driving with AutoSock

Here are some notes about what to expect from AutoSock, and some tips about how to get the best use from them:

General driving tips

First of all, please read the instructions, especially the comment “Avoid spinning the wheels, extreme braking and acceleration, since this could damage the product.” The usual rules of driving in snow apply, i.e. pull off slowly, stay in as high a gear as possible, “anticipate” even more than normal, avoid hard braking. The speed limit of 30mph / 50kph will seem quite fast enough on snow. It is a maximum speed, not a recommended speed!

How long will they last?

Fundamentally, the more you drive on clear roads / gritted tarmac, the faster they will wear out and the sooner you will need to buy another set. They are a “Get you out of trouble” solution and are not intended for prolonged use. You will probably use them to get down to the gritted road, then you take them off ASAP it is safe to do so. From the instructions: “The wear limit is reached as soon as 50% of the white road-contact fabric is worn out and the underlying black safety material has become visible.”

You will find that small holes start to appear as they become worn. This is no big deal and will not affect their performance until it becomes obvious that they are looking ragged and well worn – then they need replacing. If they are ripped, this is due to snagging on e.g. a loose mudguard, a loose screw on a wheel arch liner, some other third party influence. (If you hear them catching on something, stop and sort it out!)

There are bands of Kevlar running across the AutoSocks; these provide overall strength, help to prevent the socks from splitting after misuse, and help prevent holes from spreading.

Overall, use your commonsense about how long to use them, and of course and where possible you should avoid potholes, raised manholes etc.

Fitting them

Fitting is very easy on most vehicles, more difficult on a few. The most difficult vehicles to fit are – no surprise – rear wheel drive cars with limited clearance. If you can’t get your forearms into the space between the wheel and the wheel arch, fitting will be difficult. But blame the car, not the AutoSock! If they are a very tight fit, too tight, please let us know because there is obviously a size issue that we need to learn about.

Specific driving tips

Some suggestions for situations where AutoSock are not making the difference expected:

On a rear wheel drive car, uphill slope, sheet ice: You need some weight in the boot – it makes all the difference. Don’t just spin the wheels and trash the AutoSock.

On a hill in really slushy snow. You may drive forward then slip. The AutoSock are sticking to the snow but there isn’t enough strength in the snow to hold the weight of the vehicle. Roll back down a few feet, compressing the snow and driving out the water. Then try again, moving further up the hill than before. Three steps up, two back.

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Beware of cheap imitations!

AutoSock are taking robust action against patent infringement and want their customers to be aware of the situation; these notes are a summary of a recent statement they have issued.

AutoSock AS has registered several patents for fibre-based traction solutions for use on snow and ice. Despite this there are several other car snow socks on the market. The UK is one of several EU countries that is used as a dumping ground when these copy products are driven out of other jurisdictions.

AutoSock’s main European Patent is EP 1165329 and operational in all European countries. They have similar patent protection in North America and Japan.

Recent court actions include:

An injunction against Siepa and its Austrian and German distributors by the court of Düsseldorf, Germany. The penalty for patent infringement is €200,000 per incident. Siepa brands include Goodyear and Fix&Go.
An injunction against the Trendy distributor in Norway by the Court of Telemark. “Trendy” branded products have been withdrawn.
An injunction against Multi Grip and WeissSock by the court of Düsseldorf. The penalty for patent infringement is €200,000 per incident.


The European Patent Office, through its preliminary statement and through its oral hearing in February 2008, has confirmed that the filed opposition to the patents will not be heard; the patents therefore remain unchanged.

Legal action is currently being taken against copies in France, Spain, Italy, Korea and Japan. AutoSock is giving very serious consideration to taking action in the UK market as well, not least because so many copies are being exported due to cheap pricing and sterling weakness. There is every reason to suppose they will be successful.

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AutoSock delivery

We despatch AutoSock with either an express courier or by Royal Mail Tracked. You get to choose which you think will be better for you, bearing in mind your knowledge of the weather conditions in your area and whether you think your post is reliable.

Royal Mail Tracked - £3.95: A very popular and reliable option, especially if you are blessed with an efficient postal service in your local area. Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific deadline for Tracked deliveries, but customers usually receive their goods between 1-2 days. Royal Mail will also make deliveries on Saturdays – something worth noting if you are placing your order on Thursday or Friday. Couriers do not deliver on Saturdays. You can now leave delivery instructions for Tracked, therefore your postman can leave your AutoSock “in the porch” or “with a neighbour” - preferably not “in the wheelie bin”!.

Courier - £5.50: We have selected the best courier companies on the market for winter deliveries. Many couriers refuse to deliver when there is snow on the road - not an ideal scenario for our business! The couriers we use were fantastic for us last winter and made deliveries when their rivals were refusing to leave their depots. Courier deliveries also have the possibility of special delivery instructions, including goods left without a signature. Please note that there are no courier deliveries on Saturdays or Sundays.

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AutoSock safety testing

The development of the product AutoSock has been connected with a close cooperation with car manufacturers and the german TÜV Süd from the beginning on.

Since 2001, AutoSock is certified by TÜV Süd as a "winter emergency driving aid", creating a new product category in addition to metal snow chains.


TUV Tested and Approved


Today, AutoSock is approved by many car manufacturers

TUV Car TestedIn 2008, AutoSock passed the requirements of the new ÖNorm V5121 and is approved as a snow chain equivalent. During the same year, the AutoSock for Truck product range is approved as a traction device by the CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) /USA.

AutoSock is the only product of its type to be approved in several countries such as Czech Republic and Slovenia to be legally used instead of metal snow chains where chains need to be carried or fitted.


AutoSock are approved for use in France!

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  • Amazing traction on snow and ice
  • Safe and TÜV approved
  • Quick and easy to fit and remove
  • Great value, reusable and easy to store
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