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Title: The Indispensable Need for Winter or All-Weather Tires for 4WD and AWD Vehicles

Every year, with winter comes the annual debate between drivers: Do 4WD and AWD vehicles really need winter tires? The short answer is, undoubtedly, yes. A look at the Code 16/Passenger Chain Law will establish that 4WD and AWD vehicles aren’t required to have chains, but that doesn’t mean they can go without winter or all-weather tires.

Now let’s delve into a deeper understanding of this subject.

##4WD and AWD: A Quick Overview
First, let’s clarify what AWD and 4WD are. 4WD (or 4×4) implies that all four wheels of a vehicle are powered to provide maximum traction. This is especially useful while driving off-road or in challenging conditions. On the other hand, the AWD system powers all four wheels of a vehicle but can variably decide which wheels receive power depending on the condition [source](https://limitlesstire.com/blog/4wd-vs-awd-what-is-the-difference/).

##Why Winter or All-Weather Tires?
The key thing to understand is that winter driving is all about traction. The more contact your tire has with the road, the better control you will have. A 4WD or AWD vehicle may distribute power to the tires more efficiently, but if those tires have hardened, smooth surfaces that can’t grip in the snow – no amount of 4WD or AWD technology will save you.

Winter tires are made with a softer rubber that retains its flexibility in cold weather, allowing it to conform to the surface of the road and provide better grip. They also have unique tread patterns, with grooves and channels designed to improve traction on snowy or icy roads [source](https://limitlesstire.com/winter-tires-vs-all-season-tires/).

All-weather tires are a middle-ground option. While not as optimized for snow as winter tires, they perform reasonably well in most weather conditions and can be a good choice for areas where winters are milder [source](https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/tyres-checks/are-all-weather-tyres-worth-the-investment/).

##Passenger Chain Law – The Exception for 4WD and AWD Vehicles
In climates with severe winter conditions, many jurisdictions mandate the use of tire chains for improved traction. However, according to the Code 16/Passenger Chain Law, 4WD and AWD vehicles are exceptions to this rule, due to their superior traction performance over 2WD vehicles. But remember, tire chains are typically used only when conditions are at their worst – not an everyday winter driving scenario.

While going chain-free sounds like a relief for 4WD and AWD vehicle owners, it shouldn’t mean overlooking the value of winter or all-weather tires. Those are your first lines of defence when driving on snow or ice, giving you the grip and control you need to stay safe.

##The Verdict
Playing it safe on winters roads starts with shodding your vehicle with the right tires. Whether you have a 4WD or AWD, there is no better option than winter or all-weather tires during those cold months.

Links to the right winter or all-weather tires compatible with your vehicle can be found here [source](https://limitlesstire.com/catalog/tires/). And if you need more advice or guidance, the expert team at Limitless Tire will be more than happy to help [source](https://limitlesstire.com/contact-us/).

Remember that your vehicle is only as safe as the equipment you fit on it. Safety first, always. Be winter-ready with the right tires, from autumn leaf fall to the first signs of spring.

In conclusion, the benefits of using winter or all-weather tires for 4WD and AWD vehicles are substantial, they provide you with grip, control, and most importantly, peace of mind during uncertain winter conditions. Being complacent can compromise your safety, so choose wisely and drive safely!

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