did you knowIn Thunder Bay Ontario, at your local Buick Car Dealer, we know that you like to stay informed, so we are beginning an educational series whereby, we will work to find interesting questions surrounding new and used Buick Cars and GMC Trucks and we will attempt to answer them through internet research.  We will begin with snow and ice and a little tire knowledge for your Buick Cars in Thunder Bay.  “Vehicles act differently on snow and ice depending on whether they have front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. You may know which drive system your vehicle has, but do you understand how it works?”

Working backwards, you should know that most all new Buick cars and other makes and models of vehicles will be equipped with electronic traction control in order to help prevent issues, as they arise, in slippery conditions, regardless of your transmission type.

Front-wheel drive (FWD): Simply put, engine power is channeled to the front wheels to propel the vehicle. Standard on all Buick Cars in Canada, FWD is the most popular and prevalent system in the market because its smaller design and setup enhances fuel efficiency and frees up more room inside the car. Also, the weight of the powertrain itself is located and concentrated right over the driving wheels, so from a mechanical perspective, it offers great traction when it’s slippery.  On the other end of the spectrum, is RWD, or rear-wheel drive.  “As the name implies, engine power is sent to the rear wheels to propel the vehicle. In passenger cars, RWD reigned until the advent of FWD in the early 1980s. But RWD can more effectively handle higher engine power and higher vehicle weights, which is why it’s still favored in large trucks, larger performance vehicles, purpose-built race cars and law-enforcement pursuit use.”  Next up, we will discuss the all-wheel and four-wheel drive options.