How Do You Choose a Good Car for Snow Driving?


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Cars that are good for driving in the snow often have front- or all-wheel drive to maintain proper traction in snowy conditions, and they have at least 8 inches of ground clearance. Motorists should bear in mind that vehicles higher off the ground are usually better able to handle snow.

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How Do You Choose a Good Car for Snow Driving?
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Front-wheel drive allows a car to be pulled along the road, giving it a better grip on snowy and icy roads. While front-wheel drive is ideal for most driving conditions, there is a possibility the rear tires can lose their grip on the road, even if the car has a variety of safety features. It's possible for the rear wheels to regain traction by unbalancing the vehicle in certain conditions.

All-wheel drive splits power between all four wheels, which gives the tires more traction on snowy roads. Motorists can gain more control on the road if the car has on override switch for deciding which wheels receive more power. A majority of vehicles with all-wheel drive aren't equipped with a low gear setting to send out full traction when the vehicle is in a lower gear.

Even with rear-wheel drive, a car may be able to navigate over snow if it's equipped with stability programming, traction control, anti-lock brakes and other safety features. Except for in extreme driving conditions, these active safety features may be enough for snowy roads.

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