As various natural phenomena like Tropical Storm Erika batter the country with (seemingly) increasing frequency, Buick would like to take the time to remind us that its new vehicle lineup is fully equipped to handle inclement weather.
For example, features like all-wheel drive– as offered on the Regal, LaCrosse, Encore and Enclave– can help maintain vehicle control in greasy conditions, it notes. The system senses slip instantaneously and automatically shuffles power where it’s required. And if you happen to reside in a storm-prone state like Florida it’s surely not a bad feature to have.
But, as Buick notes, AWD is no substitute for good ol’ common sense, like driving away from rushing water instead of, y’know, towards it. In fact, just two feet of the wet stuff is enough to carry most vehicles away, even SUVs and trucks. Yikes.
Similarly, there’s also Buick’s standard StabiliTrak system, which helps drivers retain control with sensors that detect understeer and oversteer and apply precise amounts of brake pressure at the individual wheels to help tame it. It even cuts engine torque to help get the vehicle back on the right path.
Of course, if you’re truly
SOL stuck, you can always use OnStar to instantly access emergency services at the touch of a button.
It might not be the storm hunters’ brand of choice, but it is nice to know the magic hand of technology is always there to help get Buick drivers safely away from danger.