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Sandbags?

Hey guys with winter approaching here in Chicago I am really concerned about driving my car. I don't have the funds to get winter tires so I was curious is it possible to just put sandbags on the rears and be okay driving it? I don't know if driving on low gears also help but any of you winter goat drivers please assist!

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Any kind of weight you add to the trunk will aid you. You can break open sand bags to use as traction in icy situations. You may want to look into chains or cables to put on your tires when navigating through snow. If you have the OEM 17" tires they are an all season tire so you'll get some benefit out of the tread design. If you are using the 18" OEM's, they are not for foul winter driving so expect complications.

Once upon a time while many of you guys were teething, rear wheel drive cars were common place and all kinds of tricks were employed to get through snow.

Keep a shovel in your trunk, rock salt, sand bags or cinder blocks, and invest in a set of tire chains or cables. There are other items you can purchase to use in a stuck situation to get you going.

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I am in Aurora IL. I drive a 15 year old jeep in the winter. the Goat sucks on anything except 80 degree days.
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I would not use sand or salt, any of those can break open and start rusting the trunk out by holding in moisture. If you do use them, be sure they are in a container that will keep them in check and not let them leak out into the trunk.
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I would not use sand or salt, any of those can break open and start rusting the trunk out by holding in moisture. If you do use them, be sure they are in a container that will keep them in check and not let them leak out into the trunk.
I wouldn't just dump it in the trunk. I'd be using a sealed container too or a large enough Rubbermaid type container to lay the bags in so if they break or leak it would be contained.

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thanks guys seems like sandbags doesnt help much huh
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thanks guys seems like sandbags doesnt help much huh
No not really.

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Snow Tires are about the same price as the deductible for your insurance. The GTO will go better with 4 snow tires on it than it will with 4 sand bags in the back.

I'd still put a couple sand bags with the snow tires in Pittsburgh where I grew up. For Chicago, it's mostly flat. I'd just run with the snows unless tey were predicting a bunch of snow.
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thanks guys seems like sandbags doesnt help much huh
It's a double edged sword. Yes it gives you a bit more traction with the added weight, but then that added weight is just that much more you have to overcome if it gets away from you in a slide.
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any suggestions for cheap snow tires that would do?
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