Believe it or not, we’ll be seeing snow, ice and freezing rain very soon. There are a few things to keep in mind when driving in these conditions, especially if you have a different vehicle for this winter than you had last year.
You need to know if your vehicle is four wheel, all-wheel, front wheel or rear wheel drive. Each can display different characteristics in slippery conditions.
When starting out in snow and icy conditions, the more wheels that are attempting to move the vehicle, the more likely you are to be able to move and change direction, so four wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles usually perform better than two wheel drive vehicles.
For two wheel drive vehicles, those with front wheel drive usually handle better in slippery conditions than those with rear wheel drive.
But, and this is very important, four wheel drive vehicles can’t be braked to a stop any more effectively than two wheel drive vehicles. Here it is more important to have an “anti-lock brake (ABS)” system in your vehicle.
Cars, SUVs and trucks with ABS almost always can be slowed more quickly and controlled more effectively than those without ABS. The bottom line is that you should be familiar with your vehicles’ handling, braking and driving characteristics BEFORE you have to drive in inclement conditions this fall and winter.
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