When a driver loses grip in slippery conditions, this is one of the worst nightmares. No one wants to experience the scare that comes with it. If you live in areas with extreme weather conditions, you can relate to this and this is one of the reasons, all-wheel drive vehicles were introduced. With an all-wheel drive vehicle whether it is full or part time, you know that your car will be stable even in slippery surfaces.
Types of 4WD
There are two main types of 4WDs. This includes permanent and part-4WDs. For full-time 4WD vehicles, they do not have two-wheel drive system. It means you only have the permanent 4WD option only. For the part-time 4WD, they come with either a button or a lever. In most cases they are in the 2WD system but the driver can shift to 4WD and vice versa.
Benefits of Full-Time 4WD Vehicles
There are many reasons why these types of cars have become popular. It’s easy to drive on any terrain at any time.
- No lever shifting: – When the vehicle is not in full-time 4WD, you will have to either shift a lever or press a button. This leads to some lagging time as the car picks the four-wheel mode. The driver may also be disoriented when trying to reach the lever.
- Automatic adjustments: – The wheels of a vehicle require varying powers depending on the surface and the weather. With full-time 4WD, an automatic car adjusts the power automatically without action from the driver. This is because the 4WD mode helps the car in sensing the traction requirements. As control and traction improves, you will enjoy better driving in ice, snow, rocks and in other dangerous driving conditions.
- Center differential: – When a 2WD vehicle travel on hard surfaces, there is a high possibility that their bind wheels and other components will be damaged. The beauty of the 4WD system is that the vehicle can travel on hard surfaces without such damages since it has center differential.
How to Take Care of the 4WD System
If you have a 4WD vehicle but you mainly do town service, you may not see the need to use this system. However, it should not be kept inactive for long. Ensure that it is always well-lubricated even when you are not using it but only activate it when you need it.