AutoSock said it has received approval for its textile-based traction devices to be sold and used in Nevada.
“The approval process for alternative traction devices (ATDs) can be complex and differ from state to state,” said 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, this material is softer than concrete and asphalt so it does not damage road surfaces. In approving the ATD for use, the Nevada Dept. 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,” AutoSock said.
“Because the AutoSock can be installed in less than five minutes per wheel a driver’s exposure to weather and traffic is greatly minimized,” said 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.