Rugged operates an independent passenger vehicle rental agency in Salt Lake City, Utah specializing in Pickup Truck, SUV, and Van rentals with a unique emphasis on 4WD & AWD options and vehicles for towing.
What exactly does “All-Wheel Drive” mean?
As the name suggests, all-wheel-drive cars make use of drive systems that provide propulsion to both the front and the back wheels. There are two distinct types of all-wheel-drive systems, both of which are important to discuss. The first option is referred to as all-time or full-time all-wheel drive (AWD). It maintains constant rotation of all four wheels. The second method is called a part-time all-wheel-drive system or an automated all-wheel-drive system, and it only engages AWD when it is absolutely necessary to do so. Part-time all-wheel drive systems spend the majority of their time in two-wheel drive mode (which helps save fuel), switching to AWD mode only when additional traction is required.