Your car's built-in stability controls cancel out your AWD advantage, anyway
Your car’s electronic stability controls are there to keep you safe. They'll act in roughly the same way for front- or rear-wheel-drive cars as they will for AWD. The problem with that is, it totally negates the AWD advantage.
Take a turn too fast? What you want to do -- take advantage of your AWD by getting into a controlled slide and using throttle to get out of the corner -- and what your car’s built-in computers actually do, are worlds apart. The computers cut the throttle, and even apply brakes until you're slow enough to be "under control" again.
Driving a mile down the road, going to work or dropping the kids off at school, very few people turn off their electronic stability controls. Rightly so, since they're there to help. But while AWD can be hugely beneficial for control, very few drivers can properly take advantage of it. I had the privilege of driving a couple of laps of Nokian’s ice course at White Hell -- a test track literally carved into a frozen lake. Nokian's people trusted me enough to turn off all electronic aids. With good tires and no computers, suddenly all was right in the world.
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Aaron Miller is the Cars editor for Thrillist, and can be found on Twitter. He misses Finland already.