AutoSock AS announces its use has now been granted in Nevada.
“The approval process for Alternative Traction Devices (ATDs) can be complex and differ from state to state,” says Chuck McGee, president of McGee Company, a U.S.-based AutoSock distributor. “Although many states have no legal requirements for ATDs as long as the device does not cause damage to the road surface, approval has been granted in several states where chain requirements are in effect. Autosock is also the only ATD approved in Colorado and Washington.”
The AutoSock patented textile cover uses high-performance fibers and a specially designed surface pattern to maximize friction on snow and ice covered roads by making the total contact area exposed to dry friction as large as possible. Unlike metal chains, AutoSock says this material is softer than concrete and asphalt so does not damage road surfaces.
In approving the ATD for use, the Nevada Department of Transportation noted that these “traction devices are manufactured and made of synthetic materials which includes fabrics or plastics and have a composition and design capable of improving braking ability, vehicle traction and cornering upon snow, ice-covered and slippery surfaces.”
“Because the AutoSock can be installed in less than five minutes per wheel a driver’s exposure to weather and traffic is greatly minimized,” says Bernt J. Rosli, CEO of AutoSock Operations AS. “Additionally, in testing on trucks, AutoSock has exhibited better traction and is fully compatible with ABS and traction control systems.”
AutoSock is available for passenger cars and commercial vehicles or combinations over 10,000 lbs GVWR with five or fewer axles, including Class 3-8 medium- and heavy-duty trucks with small tire sizes to wide base singles. At less than 5 lbs. per pair, AutoSock provides a weight savings compared to a 50-lb. set of traditional chains. The product is also easy to store inside a cab or tool compartment, the company says and unlike tire chains, will not damage a vehicle’s fenders and exposed brake lines while in use.