Many people think of Jeep Wranglers as kings of fun-loving, open-air, under-the-sun adventure. In other words, they associate them with summertime. But don’t forget, the 4X4 is just as much a blast in winter, especially if you live in an area that gets a bunch of snow. Enjoying winter in your Wrangler is sublime, even if it’s topless and doorless.
Jeeps in Winter
It’s well known that Wranglers are ruggedly durable, but did you know they’re also great on snow and ice? Yep. The same mechanisms that render your Jeep a swell selection for off-roading promote stability in wintry conditions.
The fact is that Wranglers were designed to handle a variety of climates, including the cold. For one thing, Jeeps have always had nice heating systems that work quickly, so no trouble staying warm and toasty with your top and doors on.
Further, because of heightened traction, there’s not much fishtailing even in two-wheel drive mode in harsh wintry conditions. Most vehicles in that mode can’t say that.
Most folks already know that Wrangler’s four-wheel drive is built for all conditions, and then you have its great ground clearance, which permits the ride to push through deep snow with aplomb.
What’s more, trims that come with selectable locking differentials have an extra edge: the feature can get you out of some tricky situations. A locking differential can get you through piles of snow, so make sure the system’s enabled when you’re dealing with the white stuff.
Then there’s the great selection of tires. You’ll have an abundance of options, so be certain to do your homework so that you get a set that best matches your winter driving style and habits.
Also, those extra-large side mirrors come in handy in snowy conditions, in terms of visibility, as you’ll be better able to maneuver around other vehicles. Further, blind-spot monitoring renders tooling around on icy, snowy roads markedly easier since it will alert you if there’s a vehicle around you can’t see.
Fun Winter Activities in Your Jeep
If you’re used to tubing on the lake with friends, hang on, because when snow hits, you can pull out that tube, tie it to the rear of your Jeep Wrangler, and give your pals the ride of their lives. You can go at it as hard as you wish, too, whipping that Jeep around to the thrill of your attached riders.
No tube? No problem. You can also use a snow sled. If you’re going to go this route, construct a ramp to give your passengers an extra shot of rollicky fun.
Just rolling out of bed on a weekend, only to spot a fresh coat of white stuff? No need to crawl back under the cover with a mug of hot chocolate. Pull on your boots and other winter gear and get that Jeep, sans doors or tops, out of the garage and point it toward an open trail with minimal obstacles. It’s a great time to test your off-road skills while embracing the new season. This kind of adventure is a whole mood, as the kids say, and will plaster a silly grin on your face.
Being a Good Samaritan
Okay, so the motivation here isn’t exactly “fun.” But that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy being out there. The only difference is that you’re using your Jeep Wrangler, and all its vaunted can-do, to assist your fellow motorists on an icy day by toting along your winch to pull those stuck roadsides to safety.
So, in summary, heck yeah, not only is your Jeep able to get you around in winter, you’ll have a total ball doing so.
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