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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 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. :rofl:
 

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thanks guys seems like sandbags doesnt help much huh
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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I got some sandbags from home depot and placed them back in rear, adds about 200 lbs extra back there so I hpe that helps a little while saving up for some tires.
 

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any suggestions for cheap snow tires that would do?
The Tire Rack has Blizzack WS50's for 98.50 per tire in a 245/45/17. I'd put 4 on, but with it being a rear wheel drive you'll still be ok with 2 on the back. It will compromise your handling in both snow and dry.
 

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Try recaps? I don't know how available they are anymore but way back when, that's what I used.
I don't think I've ever seen a recap radial tire for cars. I believe they went the same direction as the belted tire recaps of yesteryear. And yes, bringing up recaps does date you. At least you didn't suggest studded tires. Remember when they were popular and legal ?? Ooooppppssss, now I did it......:rolleyes:
 

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I don't think I've ever seen a recap radial tire for cars. I believe they went the same direction as the belted tire recaps of yesteryear. And yes, bringing up recaps does date you. At least you didn't suggest studded tires. Remember when they were popular and legal ?? Ooooppppssss, now I did it......:rolleyes:
Studded tires only offer help in icy conditions on snow they don't afford any more traction than snow tires. I vividly remember the clicking of studded tires. Penn Dot's nightmare. Back in the 70's recaps were popular and Cheap. That's all I could afford then.
Yea I'm olddddddddd LOL..... Old enough to know better to young to care.:willy::willy:
 
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