# Is it better to reverse up a steep hill?

## Is it better to reverse up a steep hill?

If you reverse up a hill in a rear wheel drive car, there is not as much weight on the drive wheels as the motor is not pushing it’s weight on the drive wheels to aid in the friction. In a front wheel drive car, the weight of the motor is pushing down on the drive wheels aiding in the friction to reverse up the hill.

## Why does a front wheel drive car go backwards?

So when a FWD backs up more weight is shifted to the driving wheels; and they get more traction. FWD going backwards also has the advantage of being able to steer with the driving wheels. On a front wheel drive there will also be more weight on the front wheels backing uphill.

Why do you put your car in reverse?

My best guess is that the phenomenon has to do with the pre-defined weight distribution of the vehicle. Since the engine is behind the front wheels on most FWD cars (except maybe a saab 900) putting the car in reverse allows us to have that center of weight in front of rather than behind the front wheels.

### What happens when you turn your wheels to the right?

Since there is no curb, turning your wheels to the right will cause your car to roll forward (parked facing downhill) or backwards (parked facing uphill) off the road. Always use extra caution when exiting your vehicle when you are parked on an incline or decline since other motorists may have a difficult time seeing you as they zoom by.

### How does a car torque counterclockwise in reverse?

A force below the center of gravity (CG) is applied toward the front of the car and it is torqued counterclockwise. A higher force on the rear axle than the front is necessary to balance this torque. Otherwise, it pops a wheelie like a motorcycle. When going in reverse, the propulsion torques the car counterclockwise.

So when a FWD backs up more weight is shifted to the driving wheels; and they get more traction. FWD going backwards also has the advantage of being able to steer with the driving wheels. On a front wheel drive there will also be more weight on the front wheels backing uphill.

My best guess is that the phenomenon has to do with the pre-defined weight distribution of the vehicle. Since the engine is behind the front wheels on most FWD cars (except maybe a saab 900) putting the car in reverse allows us to have that center of weight in front of rather than behind the front wheels.

A force below the center of gravity (CG) is applied toward the front of the car and it is torqued counterclockwise. A higher force on the rear axle than the front is necessary to balance this torque. Otherwise, it pops a wheelie like a motorcycle. When going in reverse, the propulsion torques the car counterclockwise.

What makes a car pop a wheelie in reverse?

Otherwise, it pops a wheelie like a motorcycle. When going in reverse, the propulsion torques the car counterclockwise. The front axle needs to push up harder than the rear. When youâ€™re driving in reverse on slick stuff, this extra upward push on the front tires helps them with traction.