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Best Ice Cleats for Bus Drivers

What to Look for in the Best Ice Cleats for Bus Drivers

Bus in City in Winter

Bus companies are looking for ice cleats that

  • are effective in all slippery winter conditions;
  • can be safely worn while driving and in negotiating the steps entering the bus; and
  • can be worn inside the terminal without damaging floors or being a slip and fall hazard.
School Bus in Winter

Ice Cleats for Transportation and TruckingRecommended Ice Cleats for Bus Companies

Full-Sole Heavy Duty Ice Cleats for Transportation and TruckingFull-Sole Studded Transitional Ice Cleats You Can Wear While Driving and Indoors

Why I recommend Full-Sole Ice Cleats for DrivingWhy Full-Sole Ice Cleats Give You the Best Balance of Driving Safety and Fall Protection

Always opt for full-sole ice cleats whenever possible. Having well-distributed aggressive tungsten carbide studs across the entire bottom of your shoe or boot

  • provides far better traction especially on uneven ice; and
  • allow you to walk naturally because of spikes at the base of the heel and at the front.
Rough, Uneven Ice

LOW-PRO Full-Sole Heavy Duty Ice Cleats for Delivery DriversWinter Walking LOW-PRO JD6610 Is My Top Recommended Full-Sole Ice Cleats fir Delivery Drivers

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Ice Cleats JD6610
$39.95 /pr.
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Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
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LOW-PRO Ice Cleats Demo Video
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If you don't mind the bright color, these are the ice cleats to get that you can safely wear driving your car. Most people don't care about color. However, some people, like limousine drivers, prefer something more subdued.

If color matters, scroll down to find the all-black Winter Walking ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE Ice Cleats.

ALTRAGRIPS-LITE are also available in XXL and XS.

Winter Walking LOW-PRO is my top recommendation. You're safer walking indoors on smooth hard surfaces and you won't damage most floors because
  • Winter Walking Transitional Traction Ice Cleats use 26 1mm tungsten carbide studs that minimally extend beyond the tread.
  • Both the studs and the aggressive tread make contact with the surface.
However, you should not wear them walking on finished wood floors.Non Ice Covered Sewer Grate Cover You're also safer using Transitional Traction ice cleats in cities because they give you better traction stepping on
  • sewer grates;
  • utility hole covers;
  • metal stairs covers;
  • steps and floors around mass transit; and
  • brick, marble, and tiled surfaces.

AltraGrips-Lite LP Full-Sole Heavy Duty Ice Cleats safe to wear while you drive.ALTRAGRIPS-LITE LOW PROFILE JD3615 Is a Great, Less Conspicuous All-Black Full-Sole Alternative

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LOW-PROFILE Ice Cleats JD3615
$45.97 /pr.
Buy Ankle Strap Kit JD3800*
Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
*Not included in Volume Discount
AltraGrips-Lite LP Demo Video

AltraGrips-Lite LP have the same advantages as Winter Walking LOW-PRO as far as being safe to wear on most indoor floors.

  • They have 16 1mm tungsten carbide studs instead of 26 found on LOW-PRO.
  • The treads are not quite as aggressive and they do not use Dual-Material Construction so they're less durable.
  • However, many people and businesses making deliveries prefer an all-black ice cleat because it calls less attention to you.
  • Lastly, ALTRAGRIPS-LITE come in XS and also fit larger footwear than LOW-PRO.

Winter Walking Heel-Only Ice Cleats for Transportation and TruckingHeel-Only Ice Cleats Are the Safest to Wear While Driving

Important Things to Consider About Heel CleatsCrucial Things to Consider About Heel Ice Cleats

I always recommend full-sole ice cleats whenever Company Policy doesn't prohibit their use while driving. Every stud must be effective on both full-sole and heel-only ice cleats. However, aggressive, effective studs are more crucial on heel-only ice cleats because you depend upon far fewer spikes to gain traction.

Therefore, choose Winter Walking HEEL-GRIPS™ with 26 2mm tungsten carbide studs if you're not constantly going in and out of doors. That's because you have to remove HEEL-GRIPS before going indoors because of the longer spikes will damage interior floors and are slippery on smooth, hard surfaces.

Choose Winter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL™ with 26 1mm tungsten carbide studs if you're constantly going in and out of doors because they're safe to wear on most interior floors.

Winter Walking Heel Grips Ice Cleats are safe to wear while you drive a car or truck.Winter Walking HEEL-GRIPS Ice Cleats With Aggressive 2mm Studs

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Ice Cleats JD325
$34.95 /pr.
Winter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL Sizing Chart
Men's Women's Size
16½+ --- XXL
12½ - 16 --- XL
9½ - 12 11½+ L
6½ - 9 8½ - 11 M
--- 6 - 8 S

Winter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL Ice Cleats are safe for driving and to wear indoors.Winter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL Ice Cleats

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Ice Cleats JD325
$34.95 /pr.
Winter Walking LOW-PRO HEEL Sizing Chart
Men's Women's Size
16½+ --- XXL
12½ - 16 --- XL
9½ - 12 11½+ L
6½ - 9 8½ - 11 M
--- 6 - 8 S

Full-Sole Gritted Ice CleatsFull-Sole Gritted Non-Sparking, Non-Conductive Transitional Ice Cleats Ideal for Hauling Volatile Liquids, Gases, and for Refueling Operations

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$39.95 /pr.
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Fits All Sizes
$4.47 /pr.
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Choose gritted ice cleats when non-conductivity and Non-Sparking. Examples include oil and gas extraction, processing, and transport, refueling operations. around explosives, and grain storage. Non-Sparking ice cleats are much safer than ice cleats that are only spark-retardant.

GRIPS-LITE give you improved traction on a variety of slick surfaces including oil and grease, wet floors, and chemicals. However, if your primary concern is slick winter surfaces and you do not require non-conductivity or Non-Sparking, choose a Studded Ice Cleat. That's because gritted ice cleats only reduce falls on the ice and snow by 40 to 50 percent and because they're far less effective in frigid temperatures when the ice is denser.


Ice Cleats for Transportation and Trucking Why Traditional Ice Cleats are Impractical for Bus Drivers

Here's why traditional ice cleats are impractical for bus drivers and why many drivers resist wearing them.

Let's consider what a typical bus driver encounters in slippery winter conditions wearing ordinary ice cleats.

Drivers must transition from the terminal to the bus.

The driver has to put ice cleats on after stepping out of the terminal because

  • studded ice cleats will damage interior floors; and
  • studded ice cleats, and especially spikeless ice cleats with wound steel coils, are extremely slippery on smooth interior floors.

Buses operate in almost any in-climate weather. So drivers depend on their ice cleats to reduce the risk of slipping on

  • ice;
  • packed snow;
  • deep snow; and
  • black ice.

But not all ice cleats protect you in all these slippery conditions.

  • Ice cleats without aggressive, self-cleaning treads are ineffective in deep snow or on ice with a thin layer on snow on top.
  • Spikeless ice cleats are ineffective on black ice and at frigid temperatures when ice is denser.
  • Poorly designed ice cleats are ineffective of rough, uneven ice.
Traditional ice cleats must be removed to safely drive the bus. That's because
  • aggressive studs can penetrate the rubber pads covering the pedals impeding quick moves between pedals and creating a safety risk; and
  • straps can become entangled with foot controls causing an additional safety hazard.
  • Note: The point of entry into the bus can be particularly dangerous depending on the design of the steps. If they're knurled metal steps, regular studded and spikeless ice cleats can be extremely slippery. If you
    • take the ice cleats off before entering you risk a fall on the ice right at the door; or
    • negotiate the steps before taking off the ice cleats, you risk slipping on the metal steps.
This entire process repeats in reverse when the driver returns to the terminal. The problem is made exponentially worse when the bus makes additional stops which requires getting out of the bus to load or unload baggage and freight.

Exclamation PointCaveats About Ice Cleats and Driving

It's the manufacturer's opinion that the ice cleats appearing on this page are safe to wear while driving. I have experience with the recommended ice cleats and agree that, in my opinion, these ice cleats are safe to wear while driving. But your Safety Manager must make that call.

Some companies feel that the risk of wearing any full-sole shoe attachment outweighs the risk of personal injury to the driver. Companies that restrict full-sole ice cleats use heel-only ice cleats.

You'll find both full-sole and heel-only ice cleats below. But common sense tells you that heel-only ice cleats provide far less protection from injuries on the ice than full-sole ice cleats. However, heel-only ice cleats afford far better protection from falls than any rubber or leather sole footwear regardless of the tread material or design.

FAQs About the Best Ice Cleats for Transportation and Trucking Helpful Questions About the Best Ice Cleats for Bus Drivers

How do you decide which ice cleats are safe to wear while driving?
Here are the things I personally consider.
  • The straps must hug the footwear close enough so that they do not impede movement between the pedals, especially in an emergency.
  • The studs should not penetrate the rubber on the pedals, which would, if they did, again impede moving between the pedals.
  • The last, and in my mind, a less important consideration, is that the studs do not tear-up the rubber on the pedals.

The absolute safest ice cleats to wear while driving is heel-only ice cleats because there are no straps to get hung up, and there are no studs on the forefoot to stick on to the pedals. The obvious downside is that heel-only ice cleats are less effective and also force you to walk flat-footed to keep the studs contacting the ice. The final decision is really up to the individual or company safety manager.

Please call me at 610-670-2549 if you have additional questions.

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Therefore, if you find a lower DELIVERED PRICE from a legitimate online store (not auction sites) selling authentic, new Winter Walking Ice Cleats, I'll match or better that price.

Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
15+ --- 14½" - 15½" XXL
13 - 14½ --- 14" ‹ 14½" XL
10 - 12½ 12+ 13¼" ‹ 14" L
8 - 9½ 10 - 11½ 12½" ‹ 13¼" M
5 - 7½ 7 - 9½ 10¾" ‹ 12½" S
--- 4½ - 6½ 10" ‹ 10¾" XS
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
Winter Walking GRIPS-LITE Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range
in Inches*
13½ --- 13¾" - 14¼" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13" ‹ 13¾" XL
9½ - 11 12+ 12½" ‹ 13" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11½" ‹ 12½" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ 10¾" ‹ 11½" S
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.
LOW-PRO Sizing Chart
Fits Shoe Sizes
Based of Steel Tip Shoes
Men's Women's Footwear Length Range in Inches* Size
13½ + --- 14" - 14¾" XXL
11½ - 13 --- 13¼" ‹ 14" XL
9½ - 11 11.5+ 12¾" ‹ 13¼" L
7 - 9 9 - 11 11¾" ‹ 12¾" M
5 - 6½ 7 - 8½ 10¾" ‹ 11¾" S
*Measured on the bottom of your shoe or boot from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel.

Crucial Ice Cleats Sizing Tips

  1. You can go by the shoe sizes. However, the actual size of the shoe or boot can vary significantly for the same foot size. So option two below is a better way to select the correct size.
  2. Measure the length of your shoe or boot. Measure the bottom from the tip of the sole to the base of the heel. Measure on "the flat", don't wrap around. We want the length. Then find the size on the sizing chart with the Footwear Length Range that spans the length of your footwear. Measure carefully. Measure twice. Our goal is to get you the right size on the first try to make you as safe as possible as soon as possible.
Ice cleats sizes are unisex and fit men's and women's shoes and boots according to the sizing charts.
Always try your ice cleats on as soon as you receive them for two reasons.
  1. You want to be ready for the bad weather. Don't wait until the ice is on the ground to find out you need a size exchange.
  2. I can't do free size exchanges for ice cleats that have been used because I can't resell them.

What should I do if the length of my shoe or boot is extremely close to the breakpoint of a size range? Should I choose the next larger size? For example, assume the length of your boot or shoe is just under 12½". You look at the specific size chart for ice cleats you're buying. Assume for this example the Medium has size range of 11½" to < 12½" and a Large is 12½" to < 13". For regular shoes and work shoes, stick with the smaller of the two sizes your considering. If you're planning to use your ice cleats on heavier winter boots, choose the bigger size.

I'm planning to use the ice cleats on both my shoes and boots. But they're different lengths. What should I do?

If the difference in length is small, order the size for the larger boots. Purchase the optional Ankle Strap to use when you use the ice cleats on your shoes. The ankle strap will make sure they stay on. If the difference in length is significant, you may need two sizes of ice cleats. That's because you want the ice cleats to be snug, so they not only stay on your footwear but also stay aligned.

I have a large company. There's no way I can measure everyone's footwear.

I understand. Go by shoe sizes. I'll be happy to exchange sizes later on. However, please make sure you haven't used the ice cleats outdoors.

Is the measuring technique 100% accurate?

Nope. It's accurate most of the time. Measuring is far superior to go by shoe size. 
Ice Cleat Ankle Straps
Winter Walking Ice Cleats fit securely on most shoes and boots. Most people do not need or use the Ankle Strap. However, Ankle Straps add an additional level of comfort, knowing your ice cleats will stay on your footwear. It's more critical to consider Ankle Straps if you

What Free Ice Cleats Size Exchanges Means

No store works harder than we do to get ice cleats sizing right on the first try. If you measure your footwear as I advise you to do in my Sizing Tips, Size Exchanges are rare. However, when Size Exchanges are necessary

This policy is consistent with and exceeds competing stores Free Exchanges policies. If you have questions, please call me at 610-670-2549.

The last thing I want is for you to be disappointed in your purchase or feel that I mislead you or treated you unfairly. So, in the unlikely event you're not totally satisfied with your ice cleats or shoe traction devices purchased from me, I'll refund your money and pay for the return freight. Call me at 610-670-2549.

My satisfaction guarantee is unconditional. However, I'll ask you why you're not satisfied because I want to know if

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