Tire traction devices: A quick guide
OK, OK, we know – it never snows here. Like, ever. So why are we taking the time to tell you all about tire traction devices and how they make your ride a whole lot safer in the snow? Well, while we can use all-season tires all year long here in Orlando, we know the holiday travels sometimes take people out of town. And if you’re heading up north where winter weather can be a lot harsher, it’s to your benefit to know which tire traction options are available to you while driving in the snow. Check out the main types below!
Type #1: Tire chains
Tire chains are the most common AND the most readily available type of tire traction device for driving in the snow. They’re actual chains that attach to your car’s tires that help dig into the snow and give your vehicle extra traction on the road when conditions are slushy or snowy. Our Orlando Toyota parts center can help you choose the right ones for your ride – just ask.
Type #2: Tire spikes
Tire spikes are kind of like tire chains, but they’re less bulky, easier to install than chains, and look a lot more streamlined when they’re on your car’s tires. These tire traction devices are just what they sound like – a row of spikes that are installed on the front face of the tire to cut through the snow and give you traction.
Type #3: GoClaws
GoClaws are similar to tire spikes, but they’re installed differently. Instead of being one piece installed on the front of the tire, GoClaws are installed on the tires using straps that attach to the four “corners” of the tires.
Type #4: Auto Socks
Auto Socks are a relatively new type of tire traction technology that are supposed to be similar to tire chains. However, they’re actually made from textiles specially designed to give you more grip on the road.
And let’s not forget about traction mats. While they won’t do you much good when you’re in motion, they’re great if you find yourself stuck in snow, slush, or mud. These special mats are placed in front of a car’s tires so the tires can get a grip on them and get moving instead of spinning out in slippery conditions.
Like we said, you definitely won’t need these tire traction devices just to hit the road in Orlando (or in Florida, really). But if you’re heading north, they’re a great alternative to switching out your tires for winter tires. They can be installed and removed whenever you need, making them convenient and more affordable.
Need help shopping tire traction devices for your holiday travels? Call Toyota of Orlando at (407) 298-0001 or stop by and see us at 3575 Vineland Road. We can help you choose the right ones for your ride today.