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What are 'Snow chains' and 'Snow Socks' and when are they appropriate to use?

Snow chains are for use on snow and icy roads only and not to be used directly on uncovered tarmac or concrete surfaces which will damage your snow chains as well as damaging the road surface itself. Some countries insist that you must carry snow chains when visiting.

Snow Socks are a cheap but effective traction solution. They are similar to snow chains they fit around your tyres and improve grip. They are only for use on snow and icy roads and should be removed before driving onto treated/cleared roads to avoid premature wear.

Hint: Volkswagen would advise you practice fitting snow chains before having to fit them for the first time in poor weather conditions. Your local Volkswagen retailer will be able to assist you with fitting advice.


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