India now has a plethora of vehicles that get the SUV nametag even though they do not offer 4WD or 4X4 set-up. While such cars are perfect for daily usage on the rough roads, they just cannot do as good as the SUVs with 4WD or 4X4. Here is a video that shows Ford EcoSport being rescued by a 4X4 Mahindra Scorpio in wet mud.
Mahindra Scorpio rescuing Ford EcoSport
The video shows a Ford EcoSport stuck deep on a sandy road. It is quite easy to get stuck on such surfaces in a 2WD vehicle. The Mahindra Scorpio comes to the rescue by tying a rope to the rear hook of the EcoSport and pulling it out of the sandy area.
The Mahindra Scorpio seen here is a 4X4 version that also gets low-ratio transfer case. The low-ratio transfer case increases the torque output by multiple times and makes the vehicle extremely capable of getting out of such sticky situations. It can be seen in the video that the Mahindra Scorpio did not face any issue or trouble at all and got the EcoSport out of the situation to the main road. It is not known how the EcoSport reached there, but it seems like a village road, which is meant only for the pedestrians or such 4X4 vehicles.
The 2WD vehicles are much more popular in India when compared to the 4WD vehicles due to the cost and need. However, there are many people who think that if the vehicle has enough ground clearance, it will be able to go through any challenge without getting stuck, just like 4WD SUVs.
However, this is not true, and there are a few places from where the 2WD vehicles and SUVs should stay away. Without 4WD, it is easier to get the car stuck in challenging situations. In 4WD vehicles, both the axles get power, which is why if the front wheel or the rear wheel of the vehicle gets stuck, the wheels of the other axle work out to rescue the vehicle without any problem.
Places 2WD vehicles should avoid
There are a few places where the 2WD vehicles should not venture. While they might away most of the time if the wheels offer enough traction, there is always a high chance of getting stuck in such places. Here is a list of places where 2WD vehicles should not go. Well, this does not apply to the experienced drivers who know their way around things.
Snow: Snow-capped roads can be extremely slippery, and most 2WD vehicles would not be able to provide proper grip to drive on it without any problem. While driving on the fresh snow is not so difficult, once the snow settles down and becomes ice, 2WD vehicles almost always fail on such surfaces.
Sand: Dune bashing looks very attractive and exciting, but it should be avoided if you’re in a 2WD vehicle. Sand can quickly make the car stuck, and it takes a lot of effort to make a recovery in sandy surfaces.
Beach: If it is not a driving beach like Kerala’s Muzzalipaggad beach, 2WD vehicles should not be taken to the beaches. Beaches are made up of fine sand particles that can quickly make the vehicle stuck.
River crossings: River crossing is dangerous and should not be done in 2Wd vehicles. It is impossible to determine the surface of the riverbed, and a 4WD always has a better chance of coming out of a river crossing without any problem than a 2WD vehicle.
Slush: Slush may not look dangerous, but they can act as a glue and make the vehicle stuck within seconds. Always ensure that if the vehicle yo use is not 4WD, then keep away from slushy and muddy surfaces.
Video by: Mayank Kumawat