When selecting your next cars, wether it be first hand or 2nd hand cars, many people think all they need to decide is if they want two wheel drive or four wheel drive. However, the decision is not as easy as that! Opting for a two wheel drive means that one needs to then decide if their two wheel drive vehicle should have front wheel drive or rear wheel drive.
Originally, all cars with two wheel drive only had rear wheel drive: this was the only option available to drivers. However, during the 1970s with increased fuel costs, consumers wanted cars that were more fuel efficient. One answer that came out of this was a front wheel drive vehicle. Building cars with rear wheel drives was a more complex task, and it also meant the car was larger and heavier. By changing the drive to the front axle, all of these issues were alleviated.
There are some downsides to having a front wheel drive car, however. The steering is different as the car must steer the heaviest part of the car, and sports cars do not run well using front wheel drive. This is due to torque steer which occurs when the steering wheel is moved from its resting position simply by the engine’s power.
Real wheel drives are a better choice if you’re looking to purchase a powerful car. The car is better balanced and thus handles well at top speeds. Acceleration is improved and there are no problems with torque steering. In the past, rear wheel drives didn’t have adequate traction. However, modern technology has fixed this by adding traction control systems.
Four wheel drive vehicles are good choice if you really need them. Generally, most motorists who do normal driving do not need this sort of power in a vehicle. Whether you prefer four or two wheel drive, Motors.co.uk has a wide selection of vehicles, both new and used, at excellent prices for those looking for a change.