four-wheel drive

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four-wheel drive

a system used in motor vehicles in which all four wheels are connected to the source of power

four-wheel drive

[′fȯr ¦wēl ′drīv]
(mechanical engineering)
An arrangement in which the drive shaft acts on all four wheels of the automobile.
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Our increasingly congested roads in the major cities and built up areas are obviously giving some drivers cause for resenting their four-wheel drive counterparts, who take up more space simply because of their size," says Geoff Hughes, a spokesman for the auto insurance company.
Originally designed for specialist agricultural and military use, the four-wheel drive boasts safety, refinement, performance, and practicality on the move.
If you have been thinking of purchasing a four-wheel drive, now is definitely the time to buy: there are many quality vehicles on the market.
And for those who might prefer to start their four-wheel drive careers in a used model, choices have rarely been more economical or plentiful.
Four-wheel drive owners have faced escalating road tax bills in recent Budgets and soaring fuel costs have also seen customers turning towards models that are more economical to run.