WINTER Preparation: Sand in trunk?
Looking for some advice here. I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago about two years ago and always freak out during winter time. I will be replacing my tires this year around November, I'm thinking, with Bridgestone all-weather tires. I thought about getting winter tires as well, but I will need to replace my summer tires eventually and I don't want to shell out the money for 8 seasonal tires at the moment.
At any rate, the last time I was at my local mechanic, I mentioned that I had problems with snow/ice (as I'm sure you all have experienced) and he mentioned getting a SAND RACK for my trunk and throwing like 40 lbs of sand on each side. Now, my mechanic is often hard to understand (because he is Austrian) but is there such a thing as a sand rack that custom fits my 3? Or, did he simply mean just getting bags of sand for the trunk...
Where can I buy bags of sand? How many lbs each side? Are there cons to doing this? If there isn't a 'rack' perse, how does one ground the sand bags in the trunk so they don't shift around?
I mentioned this to my boss today, and he also said that I could buy bags of SALT (From say, Home Depot) and it would be relatively cheaper... is this a good idea?
Are there any other suggestions to prepare myself for winter this time around?
Any insight is most appreciated!
Last edited by s0nginmyheart; 09-04-2010 at 01:52 AM.