Front-Wheel Drive

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Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) is the most common drive system available on cars, minivans, and compact SUVs today. Front-wheel drive is a two-wheel drive system that operates the two front wheels with a transmission that acts as a differential as well. The weight of the engine is directly over the drive wheels, which gives them better traction during slipperly road conditions compared to rear-wheel drive.

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Disadvantages and Overcoming Them

Every vehicle has its own unique challenges, whether it lacks certain abilities, is more demanding of its operator, or has limits of capacity, all vehicles are imperfect. The following entries address overcoming these obstacles.

  • Off-Road Capability is very limited in front-wheel drive systems compared to four-wheel drive systems. This failing can be made up for in several ways, such as driver skill, more aggressive tires, but mostly through playing to the vehicle's strengths on-road.

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