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AutoSock provides alternative to chains for Class 3-8 HD vehicles


Wednesday, November 30, 2016
by The Trucker News Services

AutoSock can be installed in five to eight minutes per vehicle, minimizing a driver’s exposure to weather and traffic. (Courtesy: AUTOSOCK)
AutoSock can be installed in five to eight minutes per vehicle, minimizing a driver’s exposure to weather and traffic. (Courtesy: AUTOSOCK)

DENVER — AutoSock AS, the provider of an Alternative Traction Device (ATD) for passenger and commercial vehicles, said its product lines covers several wide-base single tires.

The patented textile cover ATD is available from McGee Co., the U.S. distributor of AutoSock products for Class 3-8 medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

AutoSock models for wide base single tires include the following:

  • AL111— 445/50R22.5

 

  • AL111— 455/50R22.5

 

  • AL111— 395/80R20

 

  • AL114— 455/55R22.5

Offered in a range of sizes for U.S. and Canadian motor carriers, AutoSock is a legal and cost-effective alternative to chains when traction devices are required, and can be used in states that have no specific device exclusions when chain requirements are in effect, according to Chuck Abourezk, sales manager at McGee Co. It is the only named approved ATD in Washington and Colorado and its use has been granted in British Columbia.

“AutoSock is a proven alternative to chains,” Abourezk said. “It uses high-performance fibers and a specially designed surface pattern to maximize the total contact area exposed to dry friction on snow and ice-covered roads. Unlike tire chains, AutoSock does not damage a vehicle’s fenders and exposed brake lines, and it is fully compatible with ABS and traction control systems.”

Easy to store inside a cab or tool compartment, AutoSock can be installed in five to eight minutes per vehicle, minimizing a driver’s exposure to weather and traffic, Abourezk said.

At less than 5 pounds per pair, it provides a significant weight savings compared to a 50-pound set of chains.

Detailed information about AutoSock for fleets and drivers is available at www.autosock.us, including links to each North American jurisdiction’s traction device regulations such as usage restrictions based on weather conditions. The site can also be accessed on mobile devices, allowing drivers to obtain installation and other information on the road.

AutoSock AS is a Norwegian research-based company founded in 1998. In 2001 AutoSock was approved by TÜV, which is regarded as a world-leading test and certification association, and is now approved globally in various jurisdictions and by several truck and car manufacturers. Through 2012, over two million pairs of AutoSock were in use worldwide. For more information, visit www.autosock.us.

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