All-Wheel Drive or Four-Wheel Drive, that is the Question
Getting close to thirty years, it’s been a long time now since I got involved in road safety. From this much experience and knowledge many has been asking me things regarding driving. Recently, people have been asking me about the worth of all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles during the winter.
These vehicles provide power that is well distributed to every wheel. A slippery road is one of the terrains where this kind vehicle would be very useful, but you have to be careful. For a long period of time, snowy or muddy environment would really give you a hard time, but these high-powered wheels get you moving. These vehicles are very useful though the usual front-wheel drive vehicle may have get you pass those snowy and muddy roads, but using this car will need you to rock the vehicle back and forth the keep the grip of the front wheels since your front wheel are moving. That is the main difference compared to the traditional cars including any rear-wheel drive vehicles.
There are more things you need to know about AWD and 4WD. These cars are not traction providing vehicles, but provide power alone. Traveling in a slippery road that is for instance snowy, ice-covered, wet from rain, or covered with layers of leaves, sometimes you have to stop and not go but these vehicles can do nothing for you. Slowing down and turning on slippery surfaces of the road are the instances where the driver needs to hit the break early and have properly maintained tires. To keep the vehicle under control, it relies on the driver’s knowledge and driving skills. When talking about turning, driving on a slippery road and trying to turn across the lane of another car can be achieved with a smooth acceleration and proper tires, given an appropriate gap in timing with the traffic. Making a rush in the turn and a quick hit in the accelerator can cause loss of grip and under steer that can make the wheels slide. You don’t want to accelerate more when your wheels are sliding. It may just lose its remaining grip on the road and the wheels will spin more.
You make the choice, whether AWD and 4WD. You need to consider the place where you live and the weather and climate.
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