There is a chance of getting stranded when driving off-road or in snowy and icy weather. The power and effectiveness of a good set of traction boards, which you may slide in front of or behind your spinning wheels to gain grip in slick conditions, are few and far between when that occurs. Whether your days into an overland journey, 'wheeling with pals, or just trying to get to work on a snowy day, the purpose of these lightweight, simple-to-use recovery devices remains providing your tires something to cling onto.
Maxtrax produces some of the best premium traction boards for usage in thick snow or off-roading. The topside provides traction for your tire while the bottom of this popular (but pricey) recovery board uses a series of softer cleats to help hold to the ground. They have a shovel at each end to assist clear snow and sand in your path, six glove-friendly handles, and come in seven colors to match your vehicle.
The WawaAuto compact traction mat is the answer to your automobile getting stuck in mud or snow all the time. It not only adapts to the size of any vehicle, but it can also be folded into a package small enough to fit in the trunk. Its break-resistant material can survive extremely cold temperatures and can replace the conventional array of spikes seen on most boards. It also adheres to the ground without slipping.
X-Bull tractions are inexpensive without sacrificing much in terms of functionality or aesthetics. The stacking boards can be installed on the outside of your car or kept inside of their compact suitcase. They also have seven colors, just like Maxtrax. Although many customers praise how well these boards function, we don't advise using them frequently because they can fracture and wear out more quickly than some of the more expensive types we have here.
The ARB Tred Pro from are loaded with gripping cleats, just like the Maxtrax option. These boards can last longer and are more flexible than others because of their composite design, which also makes them less likely to crack or shatter. The glass-filled resin cleats are robust enough to offer copious amounts of traction but can withstand the intense heat of rotating wheels, so they won't melt or wear as quickly as some others.
These Smittybilt traction boards are an excellent deal because they deliver excellent performance for a reasonable price. They have a maximum weight rating of 7,700 pounds, six carrying handles, and shovels on both ends—everything you need for off-roading or simply getting out of a jam on a slushy winter drive.