SUVs are classified as a truck. It is wise to keep that in mind when driving one in winter conditions. Sport Utility Vehicles, or Crossovers as they are known, have taken over the market. As a result, there are a lot of drivers on the road, unfamiliar with their vehicle, most of them with false expectations. Most owners will have enjoyed the expected advantages of their new vehicle: seating height and improved visibility, cargo capacity and utility. And, of course, the ease of getting in and out. They expect their four, or all-wheel-drive, to take the worry out of winter. Herein lies the problem.
Vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive provide better traction for getting underway. It is easy to become accustomed to that extra grip while accelerating. That can result in a false sense of security — and often excess speed. What these drivers fail to realize, is that when it comes time to turn or stop, they have no longer have an advantage.
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