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Old 01-16-2011, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Up North
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I bought my car here in Miami, where this isn't much of an issue.

I may move to a snowy state and I hear 4-wheel drive is important.

How can I found out if I have it?

If I don't have it, how much would it cost for me to get it?

Thanks
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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What kind of car do you have? You can't just upgrade a car if it doesn't have four wheel drive...so if yours doesn't, it doesn't and you will have to buy a different car with it. You would be able to tell on your gearshift, there is usually a label on the back of your car with it either as 4X4 or AWD. Either way, it isn't absolutely necessary anywhere. It is nice to have but most Front Wheel Drive cars go just as nicely in snow - it is really about the driver more than the car.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:47 PM
 
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2008 Honda civic lx...its a good car, but I have never drove it in the snow or on icey grounds
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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It's a front wheel drive car. You should be fine as long as the snow isn't too deep and you take your time learning how to drive in snow.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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2008 Honda civic lx...its a good car, but I have never drove it in the snow or on icey grounds
Nope - Front Wheel Drive. It is a great car that handles surprisingly well in the snow - my sister had one in high school when we lived in a snowy place. But, I would look up driving clinics in your area (you may be able to get information from your car insurance company and actually get a discount for completing this training) since it appears that you are not too experienced in that type of driving. It really does help! Good Luck!
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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Thank you so much!
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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That's a FWD. In US market, there is no AWD version of it.

If you are that overly concerned about driving in the snow/ice, get a set of winter tires mounted on another set of wheels. This way you can have them switched around for the right occasion and you don't wear your winter tires prematurely during the warmer months.

One more item. There is nothing like common sense to get you through winter driving. An ounce of it will get you through a lot of things.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Assuming she stays in Miami, really winter driving should not be any different from summer...

OP, if you get a chance, see if you can enroll in a "cars 101" or "powder puff mechanic" class - seems to me you know very little about cars and this would be a good way to come up to a minimum standard fairly quickly.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Assuming she stays in Miami, really winter driving should not be any different from summer...

OP, if you get a chance, see if you can enroll in a "cars 101" or "powder puff mechanic" class - seems to me you know very little about cars and this would be a good way to come up to a minimum standard fairly quickly.
The point of the thread is that the owner of the car is moving from FL to a snowy state.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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No one needs 4x4 drive to drive on snow. My old 85 volvo is rear wheel drive and one wheel drive at that, which means which ever wheel has the least traction is the one driving the car forward or backing it up.

All driving on snow means is you don't make any real fast moves. You drive a little slower in general, and don't try to stop right now fast, or peel out.

The best way to learn How To drive on ice and snow is on a frozen lake. A frozen lake wants to be 10+ inches thick of ice for driving on.

Ft wheel drive works fine on ice and snow. And getting stuck happens at time. When you are stuck you want to rock the car out and with low engine revolutions, not setting the car on fire.

On snow and slush snow it really helps to pay attention when you drive too. Running into a line of slushy snow will drag the car in what ever direction the line is.

If you invest in winter tires you want all 4 tires to be alike. The popular extra wide all season tires are about the worst tires for ice and snow. The narrowest tires work best, and concentrate the weight of the car to a narrow patch, which tends to track better in snow.

A good driver on snow can run on bald tires. It's a skill set, not a tire that makes that difference.
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