Same but different, I know I sound confusing. All 4 wheels are turning all the time, but the front wheels are only getting 35% of the power and the rear are getting 65%. This Transfercase is designed to allow for more slippage in the front wheels and it can even handle different speeds from front to rear. Not sure of your experience with a normal 4wd, if you've ever popped one in 4wd, hi or low, on dry pavement or soil with good traction you immediatly feel the steering wheel shuffling, hear popping and groaning from the running gear, and steering feels weird when turning, this case is designed to allow tire slippage so you dont get those signs all you get is traction. It automatically adjusts tire speed to what is needed to keep in pace with whats happening with the other tires, if the right front needs to slip a little and the left front needs to go gaster the T case speeds up the left front tire (basically the clutchs inside allow less slipage and more power to get through) and the right front freewheels through the front diff (which is designed slightly different than a standard 4wd front diff). I wont say its a superior system over a standard 4wd but for the driver that doesnt know when to switch to 4wd and really does need it for added traction this system is a great compromise, it allows the driver to run in 4wd (technically) and not worry about differing traction, where in a standard 4wd you wont keep the front diff and T case alive long if you keep running on pavement. A standard 4wd's strong suit is it puts more power to the front wheels to pull equally while the rear is pushing. If you've ever watched rally car drivers powering through corners or mud boggers running a hole AWD helps them steer through low traction situations by pulling when it gets any small amount of grip but also spinning and steering the wheels through spots that they would normally stop turning and just push through. This makes a big difference in what direction the vehicle continues to go, if its pushing snd slipping it'll continue to go in the direction momentum is taking it, if its actually being steered it'll take a different direction. For your purposes this may be a good choice of a vehicle because it's no worries of whether to lock in or not, it's basically an automatic T case. The only time you'd ever need low is when you actually get stuck or have very little traction, at these times the power bias changes closer to 50/50 (not sure what the exact bias is in low) and the gearing for front and rear get real low. You'd never want to attempt much over 20-25 mph in low and probably want to switch back to high when traction gets better.