The Legal Alternative to Snow Chains in most Countries Worldwide

  • Countries with unpredictable weather often require vehicles, both commercial and regular, to carry tire chains. In Canada, the United States and most of Europe, AutoSock meets snow chain requirements at a fraction of the weight, size and cost.

Check the Legal Situation and Requirements for your Region

  • Flag of the United States of America: AutoSock is the textile traction alternative to snow chains in USA

    United States

    Chain laws vary from state-by-state. Some states do not have chain laws at all, while others can invoke emergency declarations that overrule state statute. AutoSock is approved or permissible in every state.

    Details and documentation 
  • Flag of Canada: AutoSock snow socks are the alternative to snow chains in Canada


    AutoSock is generally approved across Canada for all vehicle classes and it is mandatory to carry them between October and April for commercial vehicles. B.C. currently makes an exception for vehicles above 11794 kg (26001 lb), which need to carry metal chains for major highways such as the Coquihalla Pass.

    Contact your local distributor for details and documentation 
  • Flag of European Union: AutoSock legally accepted snow chain alternative in EU


    AutoSock is the first product worldwide to be certified according to new European standard EN16662-1:2020. Following EU procedures, the standard has been implemented as national standard in all EU member states, as well as in Norway, Iceland, Serbia and Turkey. This means, AutoSock for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles below 3,5 t gross weight can now be used whenever snow chains are mandatory in any country of the EU except Austria. 
    Switzerland: As from October 2020, AutoSock for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles is a legally accepted alternative to snow chains.

    Read more on this latest achievement. 
  • Flag of Japan: AutoSock traction devices are an accepted alternative to snow chains in Japan


    The Japanese Ministry of Transportation released updated regulations concerning the use of traction devices and AutoSock can be used for any vehicles (including trucks) when snow chains are required.

    For more information click here (in Japanese).  
  • AutoSock has retailed in partnership or with approval from Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, NIO, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan, Seat, Linde, DAF Trucks and many more. For questions related to branded products, please contact us at