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I NEED All Wheel Drive (Pros and Cons of AWD)

Posted May 29, 2022 12:00 PM

So winter has arrived and you don't feel confident in how your 2-wheel drive vehicle does in the snow and ice.  You envy all those people with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and 4-wheel-drive (4WD) cars, trucks and SUVs.  You start thinking, "I need one of those.  I'll be able to go anywhere without any worries."  The truth is there might be another option for you that you might not have thought of. 

Sure, you've seen the ads that tout the advantages of AWD and 4WD, and some of the videos make it look like they can handle everything Mother Nature can throw their way.  The truth, though, is that vehicles with drive wheels at all four corners can't stop any more quickly than those with 2-wheel-drive.  Yes, AWD and 4WD vehicle have advantages when it comes to acceleration, but when it comes to stopping and handling, they generally don't. 

If you buy a new AWD or 4WD vehicle, you are going to spend thousands of dollars.  Maintenance and upkeep costs are higher due to the vehicle's increased complexity and weight, and you're likely to take a hit in fuel economy.  So, what's the option we mentioned above?  It's simple.  Winter tires. 

If you have a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle with winter tires, you'll notice a tremendous difference in your winter traction and stopping than the all-season tires that are on most vehicles.  One tire company, Michelin, wanted to find out which was better in the snow: an AWD car with all-season tires or a FWD car with winter tires.  And they found while the AWD car could get going a little more easily, in most of the other comparisons, the FWD car with winter tires handled equally or better and stopped in a shorter distance.  The optimal combination would be, of course, AWD or 4WD with winter tires.  But one major consumer testing magazine found that only about 12 percent of their subscribers who drove AWD or 4WD vehicle in the snow for more than 6 days in the previous winter even used winter tires!

So a set of winter tires may give you the handling and stopping you're looking for and for a lot less cash than a new AWD vehicle.  Consult your service advisor for some recommendations.  You may be pleasantly surprised at how you can handle winter roads without having to handle a new, big, fat monthly payment for a new vehicle. 

Gears Transmission and Complete Automotive Repair
10 South Park Ln
Ringgold, GA 30736
(706) 956-8333
https://www.bnbgears.com/



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, 06/18/2022
One million stars isn't enough to express my gratitude. Please read this and share it with everyone. Hebrews 13:2 "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." I'm no angel, but Mr. Hicks and everyone at Gears Transmission is ready for that test. I am a Trucker and I broke down, under load, on I-75 right above Gears Transmissions. What I needed to get moving again was a "T" hose connector and coolant. I went, first, to a neighboring Truck repair shop. They didn't have the part and I asked if I could pay someone to give me a ride to the nearest hardware store or auto parts store. The man said it would be awhile and cost $150. Same as a road call, plus 2 hours min. Labor. Something in my gut said to walk. Well, I walked next door to Gears and asked if they would sell me a T fitting. The guys and gals all went out of their way to help me, offering me water, or soda while I waited. They too didn't have a suitable sized "T", but the owner said we can call the parts store and have it brought here. So, with full intent to pay a normal up-charge for his time and work, I asked them to include a pair of plyers and 4 gallons of coolant to the order. When the items arrived, Mr. Hicks, not only, handed me 3 hose clamps for my project, he also asked one of his guys to give me a ride back to my truck. I pulled out my credit card, happily ready to pay just about ANY halfway reasonable amount of $$ for the amazing care and attention I had just received, BUT.... Mr. Hick refused to accept ANY, I mean ZERO, money for all of his. I made my delivery on time, Thanks to these amazing people. If they treat a Stranger in need like this, I can only imagine how they treat their customers. Sometimes, like this, it's perhaps a stranger knocking on the doors of an angel's house. Thank you Mr. Hicks, and thank you, Steve, for the ride back to my truck. I will pay it forward!
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