DEVELOPED in Norway, Autosock gives tyres extra grip in icy or snowy conditions. The sock is made from a woolly fabric which sticks to the snow or ice and can be used as an alternative to snow chains, according to the product manufacturer. After drivers apply the handbrake on the vehicle the sock begins to work. Starting at the top of the wheels and working downwards, it is pulled over the wheel. The vehicle is then moved one metre forwards and the remainder of the each sock pulled into position.
The socks weigh less than 1kg and can be stored with the spare wheel in any vehicle with one-size fitting more than 60% of UK cars.
Price: from £59.95
Air conditioning cleaner
COMMA’S Air Conditioning Cleaner has been developed to clean and sanitise the vehicle’s cooling system. Each canister contains a biocide, tested to meet European standards, which the company claims will kill all common bacteria, fungi, mould and viruses like e-coli. Drivers place the single-use aerosol inside the car, turn on the air-con unit, press the release button and shut the door. A mist is released which enters and cleans the cooling system. Comma claims that, once cleaned, the system will remain so for 8,000 miles or until the next service.
No-fog glass treatment
RAINAWAY repels rain and dirt from any glass surface giving drivers better vision in wet conditions.
The system works by filling microscopic pores in the glass surface with a water-repelling polymer.
It also works to prevent ice from sticking to the windscreen in winter and an 118ml bottle is sufficient for several applications.
Drivers should be able to go for at least a month in-between applications and even longer in the summer.
Auto Unique also produces a No Fog glass treatment which is applied using a soft cloth and prevents windows from steaming up.
Price: Rainaway – £4.99, No Fog – £4.99
Low-temperature car wash
WASHING a car in temperatures nudging -1˚ is not easy, which is where Armor All’s CarWash wipes come in.
The instant car wipes require no water and, according to Armor All, have been formulated to clean, shine and protect cars, but can also tackle more grimy paintwork.
It uses a combination of cleaning agents, waxes and silicones all combined in a large, moist wipe.
Once cleaned, the vehicles are left with a streak-free, high-shine finish with no need to rinse or dry.
Armor All offers a money-back guarantee if users are not satisfied with the wipes.
Price: £3.75 for 10
Winter accessories kit
VOLVO’S winter kit contains enough goodies to keep the frostiest of cars out of danger this winter.
The kit includes concentrated windscreen washer fluid, a de-icer spray, lock defroster, condensation cloth and ice scraper, all contained in a handy
Volvo is also offering a 25-point winter check where vehicles are given a thorough going-over, to ensure safe driving through the winter months.
Basic checks on fluid levels are carried out alongside more rigorous testing of brakes, batteries, steering, suspension, tyres and windscreens.
A free car wash and interior vacuum are also included in winter check.
Price: Winter Kit – £8.99, Winter Check – £30
Nitepalm field lamp
THE Nitepalm Field Lamp has been designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
It can be stored inside the vehicle and used in emergencies or to provide additional light during dark winter nights.
Powered by three AA batteries, the lamp has a light output equivalent to 10-15 normal LEDs. Light is generated from a one-watt Luxeon LED and is emitted by turning the switch at the base of the unit through five different settings.
The lamp provides enough light to illuminated a vehicle for more than 100 hours and fleets can request clear, green, red or blue lens covers.