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Nevada Grants AutoSock Approval as Chain Alternative


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Heavy Duty Trucking / November 5, 2014

The state of Nevada recently approved the use of AutoSock’s textile traction devices as alternatives to metal chains in snowy conditions. Nevada had required the use of chains in certain operating conditions.

“The approval process for Alternative Traction Devices can be complex and differ from state to state,” said Chuck McGee, president of McGee Company, the U.S. distributor for Norway-based AutoSock.

“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.”

The AutoSock is designed with certain fibers and surface patterns to maximize friction on snow and ice covered roads by making the contact area exposed to dry friction as large as possible. The material is softer than asphalt or concrete and will not damage roads, according to AutoSock.

“In testing on trucks, AutoSock has exhibited better traction and is fully compatible with ABS and traction control systems,” said Bernt J Rosli, CEO of AutoSock.

The AutoSock is available for passenger vehicles and Class 3-8 medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The AutoSock weighs less than 5 pounds per pair and can be stored inside a cab or tool compartment.




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