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I was going to purchase a Dodge Charger SXT, however, because it is rear-wheel drive and I just found out that they don't have snow tires to fit car around here, I decided not to buy. I live in upstate ny and we have bad winter weather. How good is rear wheel drive (I have front wheel drive now)

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Lorraine, I have a little rear wheel drive Toyota Tacoma. In the winter I put on beefy winter tires and have to put in hundreds of pounds of sand, and still it can be tricky to drive when the roads are slippery. You are much better off with front wheel drive & good winter tires! Best of Luck, Amy Mattinat

Marnie Kramer, Owner and Creator at EverythingCarz.com Both types are good in different ways. The front wheel drive in the snow has the weight of the engine to help with traction in the front of the car, but you need to be careful with how you direct that weight and don't over-correct. If you contact www.tirerack.com they do have suggested snow tires for your vehicle and do show them in stock.

Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Lorraine, I would stick with a front wheel drive car or look for an all-wheel drive car. Rear wheel drive cars traditionally have trouble in the bad winter weather. Do a little shopping and ask your friends why they drive the car they have. Good Luck!

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Lorraine, Check out our expert answers. For even more info on tire safety and front- versus rear-wheel drive, check out the great articles at TireRack: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/tiretech.jsp

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