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Old 01-04-2013, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Kilgore Trout View Post
Keep in mind that AWD does not help you steer or change direction. It just helps you by getting traction to the road. So, it will help you get up a hill when tires may be slipping - but it will not make
No, this is incorrect.

Steering on snow and ice is significantly improved with AWD as opposed to RWD on snow and ice, especially if a skid has already started. In a RWD car, if the front tires are sliding, you can best reestablish wheel rotation and directional control by, to use an old phrase, "steering into the skid" - pointing your front wheels to align with the direction of travel of the center of mass of the car. With AWD, you can reestablish/maintain front wheel rotation by pressing the gas while aiming the wheels where you want to go.

This results in an interesting transition for people who learned to drive in RWD. Entering a snow covered S-curve, such as the one down the street from my house, you need to ease off the gas quite a bit in many situations with RWD. With AWD, a more controlled pass through the turn is often achieved by maintaining smooth speed with a gentle amount of gas.

Now, granted, I may be trying to punch above my weight by discussing snow and ice driving technique with someone from "south of Burbank", but that's been what I've found.
2009 335i xDrive coupe, Jet Black, Black Leather, Grey Poplar, Steptronic, ZPP, ZSP, ZCW, iPod/USB, HD radio, Parking Assist. Rear Fogs, Hardwire V1, ProFit G3.
ED May 12, 2009, Munich dropoff May 16, Redelivery June 22, 2009

Prior 33 years of cars: 1967 BelAir wagon / 1968 LeMans Tempest / 1970 Mustang Mach 1 / 1972 El Dorado / 1978 Corvette (kept until first Bronco) / 1981 Subaru GL wagon AWD / 1983 s10 Blazer 4x4 (big mistake) / 1985 Bronco 4x4 / 1996 Bronco 4x4 / 2004 Passat 4motion

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