DETROIT – As Tropical Storm Erika makes its way toward the Southeast, residents of Florida and the Carolinas are preparing for the storm to make landfall. While vehicle technologies can neither prevent flooding nor restore electricity, Buick confidently forecasts they’ll help make getting around more bearable:
All-wheel drive (AWD): Vehicle control is everything in wet conditions. The beauty of all-wheel drive – available on the Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Encore and Enclave – is it automatically senses when there is a loss of traction and sends power to the wheels that need it. The driver does nothing.
However, as smart as AWD is, it’s no substitute for common sense and adhering to local emergency laws. This includes avoiding standing water. According to the National Weather Service, two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.
StabiliTrak: Electronic stability control has been proven to be one of the most effective safety innovations since safety belts and air bags. Buick’s standard StabiliTrak system helps drivers control their vehicle on wet pavement and uneven road surfaces.
StabiliTrak works by recognizing when the vehicle is in an understeer (fishtail) or oversteer (plow) mode. Sensors detect the difference between the direction the driver is actually turning and the vehicle’s response by “reading” the steering wheel position, the amount of sideways force, vehicle speed and how the vehicle is turning.
If necessary, the system automatically applies precise amounts of brake pressure at individual wheels and reduces engine torque to help safely put the vehicle on its intended path.
IntelliLink and available OnStar 4G LTE: The only thing worse than a hurricane is being isolated in one. Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system pairs with owners’ mobile phones to provide safe, voice-activated connectivity. That means they can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel in the event of trouble.
IntelliLink builds on the safety and security of OnStar, which enables subscribers to access emergency services through the push of a button. OnStar advisors are emergency trained and have access to up-to-date information that can help guide drivers to safety or get help to stranded customers. If you’re caught on the road during a flash flood watch or warning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends drivers stop and seek higher ground immediately.
Available OnStar 4G LTE in the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore provides additional connectivity, including a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used as a mobile hub to keep in touch with friends and family during a power outage. OnStar 4G LTE can connect up to seven devices through a simple, seamless high-speed connection with a powerful antenna.
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