All About AWD

All-wheel drive as the name implies is a vehicle that has power going to all four wheels, all the time. Whilst driving with an AWD vehicle can provide safer driving from a complete stop, it doesn’t help with turning and stopping. Keeping yourself aware and cautious is what keeps you the safest. 


Along with the power of an AWD vehicle, you need good tires. A good pair of winter tires is something to think about. This will increase your safety, giving you better traction and overall a better driving experience. 


AWD is a system that works with the tires to directly torque from the engine to both axles, delivering power to all four wheels. This gives your vehicles extra traction during acceleration in slippery conditions. The difference between 4WD and AWD is always on, while most of the time, 4WD needs to be manually turned on. 


There are many pros of AWD. First it does not need to be manually turned on by the driver. Meaning, it is always working for you, ready to help if you lose traction. Depending on the conditions of where you are driving, either all wheels are being driven or power is sent where it is needed. 


If you are a first time driver with an AWD vehicle, or you don’t know a lot about it, here are some tips. First thing, it’s always a good idea to assess the driving conditions (AWD helps with snow but not ice). Make sure to accelerate slowly, even if you have traction maintaining slow speeds is the best idea in slippery conditions. Abrupt steering, acceleration, and braking are something to avoid. Doing all of these will help to increase your safety, and reduce the risk of the loss of vehicle control. 


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