FAQ

How do I use SnowGecko?

Install SnowGecko on the driving wheels of the vehicle. Stretch the black elastic band over the top half of your tire and pull the SnowGecko down, covering as much of the tire as possible.

Move the vehicle until the top half is under the wheel...

...then pull the SnowGecko over the remaining part of the tire.

SnowGecko will automatically self-center when you start driving. Gloves and instructions are included, and the bag doubles as knee-support to keep you dry.

Is SnowGecko a legal alternative to tire chains?

SnowGecko is a legal alternative to tire chains for cars and trucks in majority of Europe. For a detailed overview, contact us at info@autosock.com.

What makes SnowGecko different from the alternatives?

SnowGecko is the a textile chain alternative certified according to TÜV SÜD standards PPP 53219:2000 for cars. SnowGecko and AutoSock are the original textile traction innovations and were the first of their kind on the market. There are no other textile traction devices with more than 15 years of research and development, including continuous test driving, technical development and optimization. SnowGecko has a globally leading amount of approvals by automotive manufacturers, and SnowGecko/AutoSock have been developed in collaboration with automotive manufacturers – not just sold to them. All key features of SnowGecko are protected by patents owned by AutoSock AS, Norway. Furthermore, our products are covered by a solid product liability insurance in all our markets.

How durable is SnowGecko?

SnowGecko is tested and certified according to strict standards for performance and durability. The certification bodies follow chain standards and include TÜV SÜD, automotive manufacturers, private companies and government agencies. Users accustomed to chains will often forget they have equipped SnowGecko, resulting in unnecessary wear. SnowGecko warrants proper use and we highly recommend reading the included instructions before use. By avoiding unnecessary wheelspin and longer distances on clear roads, SnowGecko will last a long time. To obtain TÜV SÜD and ÖNORM certification, both SnowGecko and AutoSock have been tested on more than 100km / 60 miles of dry asphalt.

How often can SnowGecko be used?

All components of SnowGecko are engineered and tested for longevity and numerous mounting processes. SnowGecko can be installed and uninstalled many times without problems.

How does SnowGecko work?

Textiles have a tendency to stick to snow an ice: When driving on non-dry surfaces, there is a thin film of water between the tire and the surface. SnowGecko has tiny “hairs” that penetrate the film and connect the tires directly to the surface. With correct use, SnowGecko becomes hairier and improves performance over time. 

What are the limitations of SnowGecko?

SnowGecko is a textile tire cover and may tear quickly if used incorrectly. The product is not intended for studded tires or clear roads. Use SnowGecko on snow, slush and ice at speeds less than 50km/h / 30mph. Avoid wheelspin, extreme acceleration and extreme braking to increase the longevity of SnowGecko. Instructions are included.

Does SnowGecko work with […]?

SnowGecko is one of the most compliant products in its sector: Four-wheel drive, low wheel arches, ESP, ABS, alloy rims – you name it. SnowGecko does not support studded tires, but is otherwise widely compatible. Mount SnowGecko on wheels connected to the drivetrain. For four-wheel drive vehicles, please refer to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation in your vehicle owner's manual. Some manufacturers, such as Jeep or Tesla, may recommend mounting traction devices on the rear tires only. If you are unsure, contact us at info@autosock.com.

Does SnowGecko work with different vehicles or tires?

SnowGecko can be shared between multiple vehicles and tires sizes. Please check the compatible sizes stated on the SnowGecko packaging, or use our Size finder to make sure SnowGecko fits the other vehicle's tire dimensions.

Does SnowGecko require maintenance?

SnowGecko improves with use as the fabrics become fuzzier. SnowGecko does not require maintenance, but we recommend shaking out dirt after use and letting it dry properly before re-packing. SnowGecko is machine washable at 40°C / 100°F. If left on overnight, please do not use SnowGecko until unfrozen.

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