I've always needed 4WD for plowing and bailing folks out of the ditch out in the winter.. Never owned a 2WD truck.. **No deal if it ain't 4 wheel!**
**I also never drink Decaffeinated coffee!
The truck wannabe's driving a 4WD to the store and work to 'look cool' are really spending way too much $$$ and are setting themselves up for financial pain when the thing needs to be fixed. (Also the crappy gas milage!) I drove 2WD cars through lots of snow for years and hardly ever got stuck unless I was driving like a dummy. We went to Tennessee last winter and this guy in a Ford 4x4 went blowing by on the interstate @ about 80 MPH on icy roads.. There we were in a 2WD van plugging along @ ~45 MPH.. Wouldn't you know, we caught up with that D/A stuck in the ditch about ten miles later.. We blew the horn and waved!
Yes, we all want to get where we want to go but when you buy a 4WD truck you are not immune to the laws of gravity & physics and if you drive stupidly you WILL get stuck.. **MAJORLY since you are in a 4WD vehicle and will naturally try to throw it in low lock and dig yourself down until you are resting on the frame.. Hope you have a H/D winch to pull yourself out!
Nothing beats experience to learn how to drive in snowy and icy conditions.. Putting the pedal to the floor is BAAAADDD! Once the tires spin you are done unless it in a semi-traction kind of manner. Knowing the difference is the key.. My dad took me to snowy big empty parking lots and I'd get the hang of how to maneuver there.. The best teacher is experience. Better to learn it in a non-lethal situation and not the interstate doing 70 MPH..
So those here that have learned the lesson.. Sorry for speaking my mind a bit but them's the facts as I see them.. We have a big storm blowing in tonight in WNY and I can't wait to see how many dummies are in the ditch tomorrow morning. (Heck- one morning we saw a Semi tractor trailer who spun out and actually did a 180* on the interstate.. Don't see that every day! Be safe and remember getting there is the most important thing. Work or wherever you are going will be there so take your time!