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Does 4 wheel drive help you stop faster or is it just a traction device

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It is to drive forward all 4 wheels at once, for pulling away, but can also assist in slowing down against the engine by down shifting. This can help in very slippery conditions, when touching the brake at all will lock the front wheels, down shift to 3rd or 2nd, depending on speed, and engine will resist, against all 4 wheels..

Better still, if conditions are very slippery, keep trans in lower gears for better control. Lift off gas to slow against engine. 2nd at low speeds, but a lot depends on your vehicle and gear ratios. You don't want the engine racing. Manually selecting gear can be better for control.

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Hi,
Four wheel drive is a traction devise. Not a braking devise.
So, no it will not help you stop faster.
That said, on slippery conditions when you let off the gas the extra, "traction" will help slow you down if you do not slide.
Hope this helps you out.
Wayne

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