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A Question of stability

Asked by Des Lavery

MY 2003 AWD Mitsubishi Verada has traction control, but not stability control, and I was wondering if a more modern two-wheel-drive car that has both traction and stability control systems would be safer?

Answered by CarsGuide

9 Oct 2009 Graham Smith

PROBABLY, in some circumstances. In a normal driving situation AWD would get the nod over two-wheel drive because of its better handling and grip. But stability control really comes into play in emergency situations, such as a sudden swerve to miss an object or an animal on the road. It's well documented that stability control reduces single car crashes, and that's likely to apply whether the car is two-wheel drive or AWD.

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