PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It doesn’t take much snow or ice to throw a major wrench into your commute. It helps to know how your car or truck handles in messy weather before you hit the road.

AAA’s Rick Remington says different kinds of vehicles handle differently in snow and ice.

“Front wheel drive provides better traction because there’s more weight over the drive wheels and it’s pulling the vehicle through snow instead of pushing, which is what rear wheel drive does.”

As for four-wheel drive, it’s great for traction in snow, but drivers should still exercise caution.

“It doesn’t provide any advantage in terms of braking,” Remington says. “It’s important to provide just as much stopping distance as a conventional vehicle.”

In snow and ice, that’s double what it is in dry conditions.

What do you drive and how does it handle in the snow? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio

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