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Four-Wheel Drive Tips to Follow

As the temperature continues to drop and the snow piles up, your vehicle will be affected in many ways.

Do you have a vehicle (typically an SUV) with four-wheel drive? If so, you know this can work in your favor if a snowstorm hits your area.

While some people know the ins and outs of four-wheel drive, others don’t know the first thing about what this system can do for them or how it works. Here are three tips to keep in mind:

1. Know your options. Four-high, for example, allows you to travel at normal speeds. When you kick it into four-low, however, you should keep your speed to a minimum. This is designated for the most serious of situations, such as deep snow or mud.

2. Set it and forget it? Most of today’s vehicles with four-wheel drive have an auto setting. This allows you to set it and forget it. If your vehicle can maintain traction with two-wheel drive, it will do so. If four-wheel drive becomes necessary, your vehicle will make the change on the fly. Easy enough, right?

3. Don’t use four-wheel drive on dry roads. Doing so can damage your drivetrain and lead to costly repairs.

With four-wheel drive, you can drive with more confidence on snow covered roadways. If you have any questions about your four-wheel drive system or it is not performing as expected, contact us to setup an appointment. We can get you back up and running in no time.