Auto Sock

By Jena Williams

Washington’s State Legislature recently approved an alternative tire-traction device that might help keep drivers safe in winter driving conditions. According to this Q 13 Fox news story, the “tire sock,” is a fabric alternative to chains that slips easily onto tires to improve traction.

The state of Colorado approved tire socks for trucks several years ago, as shown in this Denver news story on YouTube, however,  the California State Highway Patrol does not allow their use in place of chains as traction devices. The Washington State Patrol still must test and approve tire socks before they are approved for public roadways.

Have you tried the tire sock? Does it work as well as chains? What do you see as the potential safety implications? TIRES would love to hear from you if you’ve had experience with tire socks.