Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive in Deep Snow

Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
in Deep Snow

Your comfort level in foul weather will go up.  Acura's All-Wheel Drive system is the only All-Wheel Drive System in the world, where your outside wheel turns faster than the inside wheel on a corner, at the rear wheels.

The roads are going to be very treacherous the next couple of days. Below is a list of driving tips to keep you and your family safe if you are out and about in snow covered roads!  While you are doing your comparison shopping for a full-size AWD SUV vehicle, please take a look at this.   

1. Slow down and just give yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more distance than usual between you and the car in front of you.

2. Remember to brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.  Don't PANIC!  Stay calm, slow down.
3. Turn on your lights to  be seen by other motorists.
4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
6. DO NOT use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
7. Take special care on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, where snow has been unplowed and packed down hard from frequent travel. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
8. Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
9. Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid…
1. Do not step on the accelerator.
2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left! If they’re sliding right, steer right!
3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way, as you recover, just turn the steering wheel toward that side.  You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
4. If you have standard brakes, pump them.
5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes.  Apply sconstant pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.

If your front wheels skid…
1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer right away.
2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return.  As it does, steer in the direction you want to go.  Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate slowly.

If you get stuck…
1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only make things worse.
2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
3. Lightly touch the gas pedal, to ease your car out.
4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
6. Try rocking the vehicle. (
Turn off your traction control! Check your owner’s manual first — if you don’t, it can damage the transmission.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you engage a gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.


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