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Old 12-28-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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Auto Sock for winter driving

Has anyone here used the "Autosock" it's an alternative to chains. I've read some good things about it online and am wondering if anyone online has tried it and if so what they thought, where did they purchase it and do you get them for just your drive tires or your steer's too ?

Colorado law requires chains (or this Autosock) to be carried on board from October to May regardless of the weather. If you get pulled over and don't have them its a $700 fine.
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I have not, but I wish I'd seen it before I bought cables. I drive in the winter in the mountains in Alberta, BC, Idaho, Montana, California, and Washington, and they are required in many places.

Frankly I pay attention to the weather when planning when and where to drive so I don't have to deal with chains or snow on the road. I carry them so some officious officer can't fine me or stop my trip. To find out what it was like, I put on and removed ONE cable set on a single wheel in a parking lot on a pleasant day, and it took me over an hour.

I don't plan to attempt it sitting on the side of the road in sub zero and blowing snow.

I see several advantages - it seems to work better than cables, won't rip up your bodywork if it fails, seems much easier to mount, and looks like it takes up less space in the bay.
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I've used them at work. The theory is they work the same way as your grandmother putting stockings over her boots. They are easy to put on, they work well. Word to the wise, only use them in snow, do not let them touch the bare surface or they will shred away. They have used these in Europe for years.
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Just as Mr Jones said. They will last seconds if the hiway suddenly goes ice/snow free. They are only a get out of trouble item. When I owned an 18 wheeler and had to drive across Wyoming every night (FedEx Ground) I used air powered Auto-Chains. Those are what you might see on fire trucks and school buses in snow country. Slow to 25MPH & Flip a switch on the dash & your chained up. Expensive though.

Not sure how big this chain setup goes. https://www.facebook.com/mitachains/ But I would like a set for my SUV.
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Just as Mr Jones said. They will last seconds if the hiway suddenly goes ice/snow free. They are only a get out of trouble item. When I owned an 18 wheeler and had to drive across Wyoming every night (FedEx Ground) I used air powered Auto-Chains. Those are what you might see on fire trucks and school buses in snow country. Slow to 25MPH & Flip a switch on the dash & your chained up. Expensive though.

Not sure how big this chain setup goes. https://www.facebook.com/mitachains/ But I would like a set for my SUV.
Seems like Mitachains may be out of business. Their last Facebook post was in January 2015, and the URL listed in several of their Facebook posts is invalid:
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Bummer, Those mita chains looked like a good idea.
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