Winter is in full swing here in Duluth. The past few weeks, the temps have been below 0 quite frequently and everything is frozen.
I have been driving my RAV for over two years now up here in Duluth and I had a great idea
I had noticed the back end sliding around from time to time on snow and ice but mainly what I noticed was that the car felt like it was only front wheel drive. Part of that could be attributed to the 55% front, 45% rear power distribution but it is mainly due to the fact that all the weight is in front and there is almost nothing in the back. So to remedy that, this evening I went out and bought four 60 pound sandbags and threw them in the back. Just driving home from the hardware store, it felt like a world of difference. The back wheels had traction for the first time in the two years I've been driving it! Now, 240lbs might have been a bit much so I'll have to do some experimenting but so far, I like it. I definitely recommend sandbags to anyone in a snowy or icy environment; even if your RAV feels fine without them, it will feel so much better afterward.