In India, 2WD vehicles are much popular than 4WD variants. As most of the country remains snow-free for the large part of the year, 4WD vehicles are not required for regular use and even manufacturers do not offer the 4WD variants of many models which are available on international markets. All the affordable vehicles, including SUVs in India, are offered with 2WD to keep the cost low. If you own a 2WD vehicle, you should know that there are a few places where your vehicle can struggle and can even get stuck. Here are five places that you should stay away from if you own a 2WD vehicle.
Due to the loose sand, beaches can be very dangerous for 2WD vehicles. Even many 4WD vehicles struggle on the beaches for grip and are often found stuck. If you own a 2WD vehicle, you should definitely stay out of the beach area unless and until it is declared as a “driving beach”. Now such regions have a hard surface and do not let the car sink inside or get stuck. Beaches can be dangerous as even rescue vehicles can get stuck while recovering other vehicles.
Driving in slush can be fun and challenging but due to the extremely slippery nature of the slush, a 2WD can lose grip and go out of control on the slush. 4WD vehicles have an advantage because if one of the wheels start spinning, the wheels on the other axle will continue to offer grip and can take the vehicle out of the situation without a problem. Many 4WD vehicles even get the differential lock that ensures that three wheels get enough power if one of the wheels is stuck in slush. No 2WD vehicles come with such features.
Sandy areas like dunes and seashores can be dangerous for 2WD vehicles. It can make the vehicle stuck almost instantly. While even 4WD vehicles can get royally stuck in the sand, the four-wheel power gives them a chance to get out of the situation. In 2WD vehicles, getting stuck in sand can be a difficult experience for the car driver. Accelerating in sand can make your vehicle go deeper in the sand and make it stuck badly.
Driving on fresh snow is not very difficult and even 2WD hatchbacks can do it easily. The difficult challenge is to drive on old snow that becomes hard and extremely slippery. While the 4WD vehicles manage to go over such slippery hard surfaces by distributing power to all the four wheels and keeping the balance intact, most 2WD vehicles find it difficult to control their vehicles on the snow and often get stuck on the spot.
Marshy lands like the wet fields near rivers or lakes may not look difficult to cross but they can grab your vehicle’s wheels and sink it quickly. Due to the power distribution to both the axles in 4WD vehicles, it is easier to get them out of marshy lands but if it is a 2WD vehicle, the chances become very grim.