Snow Socks vs. Chains For Commercial Vehicles
As of Sept 22, 2015, all commercial vehicles in BC may use textile covers (also called snow socks) as an alternative to chains during winter months. (See Snow Socks Now Approved for BC Use)
With winter weather upon us, you may be looking at the possibility of outing your fleet with snow socks over chains this year. But before you make your decision, you want to do your research.
What are snow socks?
Textile covers or snow socks are fabric covers that slip over tires to provide additional traction in icy and snowy conditions. They are made from textiles with fibres arranged at a right angle to the direction of travel, and they wick away water between the tire and the road, all of which creates improved grip. Snow socks are said to be easier to install and remove than chains, as well as being lighter in weight and cheaper.
- Click here for more information about chains, snow socks, and other traction devices
Are they approved in other jurisdictions?
- Click here for a map of where snow socks are approved in the US
Do they work?
- Click here for a video of testing done with snow socks on trucks in Colorado
- Click here for a consumer review of snow socks used on passenger vehicles
*NOTE: The links to sites are provided for your information only. HUB Transportation does not recommend or endorse products.
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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Original article source: BCTA Bulletin – Snow Socks: A Viable Alternative to Chains?