Are DIY traction mats a better option for you?

Posted by on 5/11/2018

Vehicle stranded in a field

Today we are going to talk about DIY traction mats and if they are a better option than buying a manufactured set of tire traction pads. There are many options and designs available when it comes to manufactured tire traction mats but some people prefer to make there own. Let's explore DIY traction mats now and also introduce you to the ultimate tire traction mat, The Portable Tow Truck to see which one might be a better option for you. The bottom line is that whenever your vehicle get stranded due to snow, ice, mud, sand or wet grass, you need a dependable, tested and proven tire traction device to get you back on the road quickly not matter if they are homemade traction mats or manufactured traction mats. 

DIY traction mats: What are they?

DIY (do it yourself) traction mats (also referred as homemade traction boards or DIY recovery tracks at times) are used when your vehicle gets stuck in snow, ice, mud, sand and wet grass. They are placed under your tire or tires that are spinning in order to give your vehicle extra traction to pull out and get back on the road. While many people still have not heard of tire traction mats, they are becoming more popular for residential and commercial users alike. 

Man driving a car

DIY traction mats: How do you make them?

When it comes to making DIY traction mats the sky is the limit meaning you can make them however you want. Some people use everything from kitty litter to sandbags to vehicle floor mats to help get their vehicles unstuck. Others go the extra mile and make them out of wood using nuts and bolts as spikes and we've also heard of people using old milk crates as well. Bottom line is that when it comes to making your own tire traction aids, you are only bound by your imagination, time and budget. 

Nuts and Bolts

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"Throw kitty litter down in the areas where your car tires are struggling (this depends on whether your vehicle is front or rear-wheel drive). The moisture-absorbing ability of kitty litter helps it expand, adding more friction for your tires to catch some grip and get out."

DIY traction mats: Is DIY better?

This really depends on the person and if they prefer trying to make what they think is a better mousetrap. Most people that want tire traction mats will buy them out of convenience and the fact that a manufactured product has been tested and hopefully proven to work. At the same time, others will try to make there own. As such, there is not a right or wrong answer to this question but rather a matter of preference. If you want to save time and have a tested and proven tire traction product in your vehicle then you can buy. If you want to go at it alone and try to make what you think is a better product then you can make them. 

DIY traction mats: A tried and true tire traction device...

orange tire traction mat

Now that we have talked about DIY traction mats including certain types and why some people make them, we'd also like to introduce you to a tire traction aid that helps give your car tires instant traction whenever you need it. 

For those situations, we would like to introduce THE PORTABLE TOW TRUCK - THE ULTIMATE TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

The Portable Tow Truck is proven tire traction aid used by the largest commercial fleet companies in the world and 1000s of people as well for their personal vehicles. For very little money, you can have the best tire traction device for snow, ice, mud, and sand in your vehicle at all times. They are lightweight and can be used by any driver with any vehicle type (cars, trucks, vans, RVs and small, medium and large fleet vehicles) over and over. 

The Portable Tow Truck can save you hours of time and hundreds of dollars over a tow truck if you ever need them in a sticky situation. 

Black Portable Tow Truck in Snow

To learn more about our product please check out our website and what our customers have to say about us on our REVIEWS page. 

Here is what Cathy C. had to say about The Portable Tow Truck:

"I was at a weekend RV outing event this past summer. I saw three RV's, one car, and one truck get stuck due to excessive rain and mud that weekend. A guy had several sets of these with him in his RV and he actually used them on all three RV's, the car and truck to get unstuck. I was shocked the product worked so well. Based on the price these are a must in my opinion. 5 out of 5 stars" 

DIY traction mats: See a video of The Portable Tow Truck in action...

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Date: 5/11/2018
This is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a long time! I live in an area where we get snow and ice (especially when I head up island and visit the inlaws at the base of the ski hill). I have NEVER heard of anything like this, but I remember back in the day (30+ years ago now) my dad would throw cardboard under the tires and pray to the car gods it would work! This in ingenious and it looks like it doesn't take up much/any room at all. With the cleats on the bottom, this is WAY better than anything I would have tried. It looks like it's around 8" wide?
Date: 5/11/2018 2:02:00 PM
Hello and thank you for commenting. We are very happy you like our product. Each mat (2 per set) is 36 in long x 8.25 in wide and are designed to work on any vehicle with tires - cars, trucks, vans, RV's and commercial vehicles (box trucks, dump trucks, and 18 wheelers etc). If we can answer any more questions about the product please let us know. Thanks, Curtis
24 hour towing waldorf
Date: 5/11/2018
Hey Curtis awesome article on traction mats! As an owner of a local tow company will definitely be investing in these to help in different situations especially when we go to tow cars.
Date: 5/11/2018 8:03:00 PM
Hello, thank you so much for visiting our site and commenting. I'm not sure how many tow trucks you have in your fleet but if you would like to talk about buying in bulk from us (in order to save some money) let me know and we'd be happy to discuss more. Thanks, Curtis
Benjamin Leskovansky
Date: 5/11/2018
This is awesome! This is the first time I have ever heard of such a product. Growing up, my Dad always just used kitty litter. This product sounds a lot more effective though! Thanks for sharing! I will be sure to mention this to my Dad and other family and friends.
Date: 5/14/2018 8:54:00 AM
Hello Benjamin, Thank you for commenting. Yes, some people do try alternate methods to get their vehicle unstuck. Our product is used by the largest commercial fleet companies in the US and 1000's of retail customers as well so we feel it's a great product to keep in your at all times for unexpected vehicle stucks. If we can answer any questions for you on our product let us know and thanks! Curtis
Date: 5/11/2018
Hi Curtis, Thanks for the great post. Before reading it I had no idea that this is something that I need in my car. I would like to make my own as I feel it would be a cheaper option for me. And if they do just as well as the store product then all the better. Just wondering though would it be best to put the mats down under 2 tires or under all 4 tires? Thanks, Owain
Date: 5/14/2018 8:57:00 AM
Hello Owain, It depends on the situation and how many tires are spinning when it gets stuck. Many times you just need to place under one spinning tire but if the vehicle is stuck really good, you may need to place under two spinning tires. If we can answer any questions for you on our product let us know. Thanks! Curtis

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