How to Use Four-Wheel Drive: 4H vs. 4L

Four-wheel drive is practically a necessity during this snowy winter, but you still need to know how and when to use it. Let's go over the basics with this handy guide.


Four-high or 4H is what you would use on an icy road that is otherwise level and smooth. You will be able to drive at close to your normal speeds, but you will have the traction to avoid going out of control.


The four-low setting on your vehicle is probably what comes to mind when you think about four-wheel drive. It increases the torque of all four of your wheels to be able to handle deep snow, sand, mud, and steep hills. You won't be able to go faster than about 40 miles per hour, but the 4L setting will get you moving when you otherwise wouldn't be able to move.

For more information on how to use four-wheel drive or to make an appointment with our auto shop, contact 360 SMART CAR today.



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