Actually, they get that false sense of security from the fact that they can accelerate faster than a two-wheeler (We had a Blazer that could take off very quickly--even on ice). The other factor is that with power to all four wheels, your breaking is more even than with power to only two wheels--giving the feeling of better stops. While this is true to an extent (better directional control and not having to fight the engine), the same can be attained by a two wheel drive by putting it in neutral when breaking. It does give a world of difference in icy conditions.
But yes, many 4 X 4 drivers think they have glue on their tires
Retired Moderator, The Bonneville Club www.bonnevilleclub.com
RIP Oldsmobile, April 29
1995 Bonneville SE Supercharged (Stock)
Current Mods: Dirty GYM Sock air freshener.