BOSTON (CBS) – With all the driving problems this winter, you may be thinking your two-wheel-drive car isn’t getting the job done and that you need more power.
Ron from Plympton Declared his Curiosity, writing, “One car company offers four-wheel drive, but the other has all-wheel drive. Aren’t they the same thing?”
In both cases, power does go to all the wheels, but a true four-wheel drive system gives you more gear choices and is best if you’re going off-road.
Larger SUV’s and trucks tend to have true four-wheel drive.
There are also automatic all-wheel drive systems where the vehicle switches from two to four wheel power when it detects traction problems. Medium-sized SUV’s and crossover vehicles tend to have this one.
Whether it’s four-wheel or all-wheel drive, it won’t help if you have to brake on a slippery road.