The Difference Between 4L and 4H: How to Use Your Four-Wheel-Drive

Four-wheel-drive capability allows drivers to operate their vehicles safely in locations and weather conditions in which they might not otherwise get sufficient traction. In order for San Jose, CA drivers to make the most of this function, however, they have to understand it. At United Imports, we want to help local motorists learn more about their four-wheel-drive vehicles and how best to use them.

The Different Types Of Four-Wheel-Drive

There are three basic types of four-wheel-drive that motorists can rely on when tackling challenging terrain. The first and most basic of these is automatic four-wheel-drive or AWD. With this, tire traction is carefully monitored by the car and the vehicle automatically shifts into all-wheel-drive functionality whenever traction is lost. AWD offers a simple and easy-to-use solution to wet, icy, unlevel, or otherwise challenging roads.

For those who lack this feature, however, there's the option of shifting into 4L or low-range four-wheel-drive or shifting into 4H (high-range four-wheel-drive). The primary differences between these two are the conditions that they're meant to be used in, and the speeds at which drivers can travel. With 4H, you can travel at normal speeds while moving across loose gravel, icy areas, mud, and packed sand. In extremely challenging conditions, such as when crossing water, encountering deep snow, or passing through serious mud, you'll want to keep your driving speed at or below 40 mph while using 4L. To know more about four-wheel-drive capability or to test drive one of our four-wheel-drive vehicles, drop by United Imports today.

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