Oh, the holidays in West Michigan!! A magical time where there’s always somewhere to go and something to do. From traveling to parties to shopping to concerts to family gatherings… it’s not hard to find more of a reason to be out on the road more often for the season. While we can easily expect to stay busy during the few weeks coming ahead of us, what’s harder to predict are the road conditions we’ll be dealing with while we are out and about doing, seeing and spending time in the greater Grand Rapids area.
During the next several months, too often Grand Rapids drivers will find themselves facing roads covered with ice, snow, slush or a mixture of all of those hazards. To combat the precarious road conditions we often discover during the long winter months ahead, many Michigan drivers turn to vehicles with All Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive. But many do so without realizing the full spectrum of benefits All Wheel Drive has to offer! Today, we’re delving into the added bonuses you may not realize come hand in hand with your car, truck or SUV being equipped with All Wheel Drive.
All Wheel Drive works by employing all four tires while driving and thus increasing traction on slick or slippery road surfaces. So instead of having two wheels slicing through the snow, slush and muck, your vehicle can power through utilizing all four. That’s double the advantage! This can help you avoid sliding particularly while navigating a turn or even alleviate becoming stuck in thicker, heavier snow.
Chances are, you’re not planning on driving your truck, SUV or car into the ground. Instead, there’s a larger possibility that you’ll be trading it in or privately selling it in the distant future. All Wheel Drive is a nice added feature on your vehicle and in turn, increases the resale value of it for that day when you plan to sell. And with an ever increasing demand from the public for vehicles capable of handling the harsh midwest climate that nature can dole out on West Michigan, not only can it help you sell it for more but possibly even faster!
Sense of Security
Peace of mind… it’s often said its worth its weight in gold. Owners of vehicles equipped with All Wheel Drive get the added benefit of knowing their car, SUV or truck can offer them better traction when it matters most. West Michigan drivers can easily anticipate ugly commutes for months on end. Wouldn’t it be nice to know your vehicle had every advantage out on the road it could offer you?
The previous bane of All Wheel Drive in years past has been a lack of fuel efficiency found when powering all four tires to spin. With recent advancements in All Wheel Drive technology though, AWD cars, trucks and SUV’s have come to rival the fuel economy of their two wheel drive alternatives! One of those advancements is the ability to determine when traction has been lost and waiting to engage all four tires when it is most beneficial instead of consistently. That may not sound like much but having a vehicle that utilizes two wheels when road conditions are normal and only sending power to all four tires when necessary, translates into your car can maintaining the fuel efficiency of a two wheel drive car but with the added security of all four if need be.
It only makes sense that if all four tires are spinning and working together as one unit, they can surpass the ability of two. Often times, the very same harsh road conditions that threaten your tires traction also begin to affect its ability to accelerate. All Wheel Drive increases your vehicles grip on the road beneath you, increasing your acceleration in moments when it matters most like getting up to speed quickly on the highway or when turning onto a road.
While All Wheel Drive has many benefits to drivers on Michigan roads, it’s also important to realize it’s limitations. Although All Wheel Drive positively affects traction and acceleration, it does not play a role in decreased braking time or distance. Regardless if your vehicle is equipped with Front Wheel Drive, All Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive, it is critical to give your vehicle enough time to come to a stop when needed. Likewise, All Wheel Drive vehicles are truly only as good as the wheels they are spinning. If your tires have no tread or they show a lot of wear, they can not perform to their best ability. Always make sure your tires are road ready before inclement weather strikes!
Finding the right car, truck, SUV or minivan can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re thinking of finding an All Wheel Drive vehicle to give you added traction and security, our knowledgeable salesmen can help you locate the one that works best for you. At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used car, minivan, truck, or SUV to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Caledonia and Hastings locations with financing available to those who qualify, we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.
Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car or Work Truck and on your next Car Rental. Whether you need a short term car rental, long term car rental, a replacement while your vehicle is getting serviced or simply need to replace your car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!