Advantages of 4WD Vehicles over 2WD Vehicles

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Four wheel drive vehicles are designed differently to 2 wheel drive vehicles. This design difference is intentional as some vehicles are used for purposes in which having a 4 wheel drive vehicle is ideal. In fact, 4 wheel drive vehicles can operate over rough terrain that 2 wheel drive vehicles simply cannot, due to traction deficiencies or perhaps clearance issues.

Generally, 4 wheel drive vehicles are designed to handle well off road. They have much better traction than a two wheel drive vehicle. This traction is not only ideal for off road driving but also for inclement weather such as snow. Four wheel drive vehicles are also designed to have a great amount of clearance. Clearance refers to the distance from the driving surface to the bottom of the vehicle. Having a great clearance also facilitates off road driving. When the terrain is uneven, rocky or perhaps sloped, drivers of four wheel drive vehicles do not have to worry that they will damage the undercarriage.

Gravel roads are handled better with 4 wheel drive vehicles. They are also designed to keep the body level, but to allow for movement by the chassis and suspension.

While there may be some disadvantages to owning a four wheel drive vehicle (such as a compromise in fuel economy), these generally are because the person really doesn’t need a four wheel drive vehicle. A two wheel drive vehicle would better suit their needs. Before purchasing a vehicle, whether it is 4 wheel drive or 2 wheel drive, it is important to consider what kind of driving conditions you will be using it for.

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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