So, we have seen that driving is treacherous on days like this.
And a lot of people think that four-wheel-drive is the answer.
But as too many found out today, it’s not a magic bullet…
Roger gray has the story
There are few things more fun than 4-wheeling, and of course, Jeep is the granddaddy of the sport.
But when the roads turn slick, even the granddaddy can get into trouble.
But there are real advantages to 4-wheel-drive.
It will help you on the hills because you’ll have more traction going up the hill. It will help you on the curves because again, you have all for wheels driving for you.
Whether you’re the proud owner of a shiny new SUV and new to 4-wheel-drive, or you drive an old Wrangler like mine, when the weather outside is frightful, 4-wheel-drive can make it, if not delightful, then bearable. If you know its limitations.
What it won’t make you bulletproof in the snow and ice. They are big and heavy and to account for all that mass, you always have to leave yourself 3 spaces more for stopping distance. You can’t just hit the brakes In a 4-wheel-drive thinking its going to stop for you because it’s not.
And overconfidence can be a problem.
Once you get overconfident, then your speed will build up you'll decrease your stopping distance you'll increase your acceleration and any one of those 3 things will make it turn loose and slide on you.”
The key is remembering that a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is still a vehicle, and stopping is exactly the same as with 2-wheel- drive.
If you overcook it into an intersection, it doesn’t matter what you drive, you will slide.