|Topic: Should I Drive in 2wd or 4wd When It's Raining?|
purpose of 4 wheel drive is to increase traction with the roadway in
pulling situations, that is, when you are pressing on the gas
pedal. In rainy weather, you would not ordinarily need 4 wheel drive to
pull you along, even up fairly steep grades or freeway on-ramps. If the
roads are icy or snowy however, that's a different matter.
It won't hurt your SUV to drive in 4wd in the rain. For those of you that have part-time 4wd drive, it is very important that you do not drive in 4wd when the pavement is dry (see our sections entitled "Don't Drive on Dry Pavement in 4 Wheel Drive" for more information on this subject).
The most important thing to remember about using 4 wheel drive in the rain is that 4 wheel drive will not help you much if you lose control of your vehicle or in braking situations. If your wheels lose traction with the roadway, 4wd is not of much use unless you have significant race car or police car driving experience and know how to pull your vehicle out of a skid. If you have such expertise, then 4wd can help you regain control of your SUV.
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