Originally Posted by 38Chevy454
4WD will help you get going but it does not really stop or turn any better. Lot of people forget that. Real winter tires can make as much difference as anything, as several suggested. Some weight in the bed does help.
4WD does not make you able to drive like no concern for the bad traction. Just drive cautious, no fast acceleration, braking or turning and she will do fine.
We had a subaru Loyale which had "on demand" 4WD. We found that the 4WD setting could get you into trouble much faster than the brakes (and steering) could get you out of it. Do NOT let the ease of 4WD getting through snow FOOL you.
One other thing which may or may not be valuable. On the Loyale, the auto trans allowed you to select 2nd gear. When you selected 2nd gear, the car did not start out in 1st gear. It actually started out in 2nd gear. This lowered the torque to the wheels and virtually prevented accidental wheel spin - even in the slickest conditions. Starting in "drive" could easily lead to wheel spin - even though the car was in 4WD. Using the 2nd gear with 4WD was ESPECIALLY helpful when you were parallel parked in slick and or snow conditions. Cocking the wheels to exit a tight space is a recipe for wheel spin in icy conditions. Using 2nd prevented this (on the Loyale). YMMV as always.