DENVER, CO — A provider of an alternative traction device (ATD) for passenger and commercial vehicles announced that its use has now been granted approval in British Columbia.
The news from AutoSock follows an amendment to the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act that changes the definition of “traction device” to include textile tire covers, such as the AutoSock including for Class 3-8 trucks.
“Now, any truck or passenger vehicle can be fitted with AutoSock when traction devices are required by the province,” said Bernt J. Rosli, CEO of AutoSock operations. “For U.S. and Canadian motor carriers that travel in British Columbia, this change in the act means AutoSock can be used as a legal and cost effective traction device.”
According to AutoSock, it is currently the only company providing a wide range of textile traction devices for trucks and is the only named approved product in Washington and Colorado. The ATD can also be used in states that have no specific device exclusions when chain requirements are in effect.
The AutoSock 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. It can be installed in less than five minutes per wheel, minimizing a driver’s exposure to weather and traffic, and at less than 5 lbs. per pair provides a weight savings compared to a 50-lb. set of traditional chains.
The ATD is fully compatible with ABS and traction control systems, and does not damage road surfaces, unlike metal chains, because its material is softer than concrete and asphalt, according to the company. It can be stored inside a cab or tool compartment, and unlike tire chains, will not damage a vehicle’s fenders and exposed brake lines while in use.