Is 4-wheel drive really safer in snow?

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 ALPINE, Utah (ABC4 News) – With another storm expected this weekend, we wanted to find out if 4-wheel drive is really safer in snowy conditions.

Dave McConnell is the owner of Dave’s Driving School.

“All wheel drive would be the best, your 4-wheel drive you’re going to have to put that in on your own, your 2-wheel drive is better than back wheel drive, it’s not going to have the fishtailing,” said McConnell.

Newer vehicles are typically front-wheel drive, he says; it’s the rear-wheel drive vehicles like old pickup trucks that can often fishtail in the snow.

His big recommendation is snow tires, which actually help you stop faster and turn better in the snow. 4-wheel drive vehicles, contrary to what others might think, don’t actually help you stop faster or turn better.

McConnell says the best advice is don’t drive in the snow if you don’t need to be on the road.

“I don’t hardly ever cancel driving. But, a couple days ago, when it was bad, I canceled all my students, most of the schools were canceled,” said McConnell.

“If you don’t absolutely have to drive in the snow, just don’t do it!”

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