It’s happened to most of us. The weather is snowy, and the roads are icy, but we still have places to be. While driving, our wheels lose traction, suddenly spinning out of control, and we have a mini heart attack. It’s terrifying to lose control of your car, even if only for a brief second. To prevent this, many people choose to purchase a car with all-wheel-drive (AWD) or four-wheel-drive (4WD). A safer vehicle provides security and a peace of mind for you and all other passengers in your car.
When it comes time for you to buy a new car, be informed about your options to make the best decision to fit your needs.
What is the difference between AWD and 4WD?
Driving a 4WD or AWD vehicle gives you a great advantage during harsh road conditions. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it is always possible for your vehicle to lose traction and spin out of control. Having 4WD or AWD helps you get going faster, but when you brake, you can slide easily. For this reason, it’s extremely important that you ALWAYS exercise extreme caution while driving in the snow. Drive slowly, and keep a large distance between you and the car ahead of you.
Whether you should get 4WD or AWD depends on where you live. If you will only need to use the feature once or twice a year, it’s probably best you get a 4WD. 4WD is also better for off-roading. AWD does all the thinking for you, so you don’t have to worry about turning on/off the feature. Take into consideration where you live, the average weather conditions, and what you will be using your vehicle for before making a decision.
By: KayLynn P.
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