We have stressed several times on our website that 2WD SUVs or cars are not meant for off-roading. There are limitations for 2WD SUVs when compared to a proper 4×4 or AWD vehicle. In the Northeast India, there are several roads which have still have not received a proper tarmac. These roads are carved out of mountains and when it rains, things become very challenging. We have seen a video in the past where a Tata Harrier was struggling on an steep climb somewhere in Northeast. Here we have another video, where a Tata Safari shows why front wheel drive cars are not the best when it comes off-roading or slushy roads.
The video has been uploaded by All in One Entertainment on their YouTube channel. In this video, the vlogger is travelling in his Tata Safari through some mountain roads in Nagaland. The current generation Tata Safari as we know is a front wheel drive SUV and the vlogger can be heard saying in the video that his SUV is struggling through the road. There is no tarmac in this part of the road and the soil in the area is quite slippery due to rain. The Safari can be seen struggling to get a grip in the video.
It is somehow managing to move forward on the slushy roads. The front wheels have lost traction and they can be seen spinning freely in the video. The owner somehow manages to gain some momentum to climb a slope but as he approaches near, he spots a loaded truck which has been parked on the road side as it cannot be driven down in such conditions. The vlogger had to stop the SUV in front of the truck as there was only gap for another vehicle to pass through the other side. Some of the SUVs that were coming down the slope can be seen in the video. This included Scorpio, Fortuner and even a Tata Sumo. It is not clear how they managed to climb up through the same road.
Once the traffic had passed, vlogger attempted to drive the SUV through the gap but, he could not do the same as the wheels were spinning. The driver had to be careful as he was driving through the edge of the road. If the SUV slips, then it would fall down the hill. It looks like the road is actually under construction as there was some sand kept on the roadside. Vloggers friend and the locals helped and put some sand on the mud road so that tyres get some traction. The trick worked and the Safari managed to come up the slope. After this point, it looks like there were gravel paved on the road as part of road construction and it was offering the much required grip. The owner or the vlogger can be heard saying in the video that the front wheel drive SUVs are not suitable for these conditions and he was also using highway terrain tyres which are not suitable for such conditions.