|Topic: Should I Drive in 2wd or 4wd and in High Range or Low Range in my SUV on winter snow or ice?|
very definite gears to use at different times in snow or ice conditions
depending on the situation you are in at the moment. What we need to do
is not spin the tires on the slick road surface on our sports
utility vehicle when we accelerate from a stop.
On highways, try to use the highest gear possible to get started and use 4 wheel drive. Higher gears produce less tire spin because they produce less torque to the tires. On a steep on-ramp for example, try starting out in 2nd gear instead of 1st or Drive (with an automatic) and 2nd gear in a stick shift transmission. You will find that you will get going easier without the tires spinning.
Off the road you may need to put the vehicle in low range because of the terrain. But remember to use the highest gear possible to start out in slippery situations. Try 2nd, or even 3rd gear to start on hills covered with snow or ice to minimize wheel spin when you start out.
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