The Best Cars To Drive In The Snow

Guide to choosing the best car to drive in the snow or other winter conditions, including features, price, tires, power and traction.

An all wheel drive car is probably the best car to drive in the snow. Why? Because instead of having only two wheels to pull or push your car, you have all four wheels providing power and traction. If you're looking to purchase a new car that can handle easily winter driving conditions, Subaru, Audi, Volvo and Mercedes all offer all wheel drive cars.

Of course, if your pocketbook can't afford one of these more expensive vehicles, then you can always check out the Ford Motor Company. Their Ford Five Hundred sedan is available in either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. They also offer the Freestyle which resembles a mix of a minivan and a station wagon.

Or, if you're not a Ford fan, you might want to look at a Dodge Magnum, Acura RL, or a Cadillac STS. In all, there are nearly fifty models of vehicles that have all wheel drive that you can check out.

Of course, if you don't keep good all season radial tires on a car, no matter how it's powered, it won't get around very well in the snow. So, check the tread and the conditions of the tires every fall. Make sure they have at least a sixteenth of an inch of tread on them. A simple test for this is to place a penny into the grooves of the tread. Position the penny so that Abraham Lincoln's head goes into the groove first. If you can still see the top or more of Lincoln's head, then you need new tires for the winter.

Also, make sure that your tires are properly inflated, and that you rotate them periodically.

The next best cars to drive in the snow are the ones that have front wheel drive. This power system is popular on nearly every make of vehicles. You can find front wheel drive vehicles that are Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Pontiac, and more!

To understand why a front wheel car is better than a rear wheel drive car, you have to keep in mind that this type of power system pulls a car along. Most of the weight (including the engine) is on the front wheels. This pulling and weight helps the car to move straight, especially when the roads are snowy and icy. If a front wheel car does break traction, chances are that the front wheels, or the power wheels, will slide or spin. A driver can quickly get control of the car by easing off of the accelerator and steering out of the slide or spin.

On the other hand, a rear wheel drive car is actually pushed along. If its rear wheels break traction, its rear tires will slide or spin the car to one direction or another. Since the rear wheels are stationery and cannot be turned from side to side by using the steering wheel, the driver has less control of the situation.

And finally, the absolute best cars to drive in the snow are ones that are well maintained. Besides having good winter tires, this means that their batteries have been checked and are in good condition. The antifreeze in their radiators has also been checked so that it can provide cold weather protection. And, the windshield washer fluid has been changed over to a winter mix that will help to windshields free from blinding ice and snow.

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