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What is Buick Torque Vectoring?

Buick Torque Vectoring - 2017 Buick Envision
Buick Torque Vectoring can be found on the new 2017 Buick Envision crossover.

There’s good news for drivers who frequently have to navigate their way through poor weather conditions. Buick’s new Active Twin Clutch all-wheel-drive system makes it easy to do so. Rather than praying for the best, with this new system drivers can make their way through snow, ice, sleet, or rain with confidence—maybe even with grace.

The new all-wheel drive system, which can be found on the new Buick Envision crossover, is made possible by Buick torque vectoring. This is an intelligent feature that has been under continuous development for 20 years. In short, torque vectoring takes power (torque) and delivers it to a specific point (vectoring). In this case, the torque is being sent to the wheels that need it the most.

Buick’s torque-vectoring technology uses electronically controlled clutches that are capable of sending all of the power to the front wheels, the rear wheels, or dividing as needed. Not only does this intelligent feature make it easier to drive in wet or icy conditions, but it also improves handling on dry, paved roads. It’s yet another reason why we at Warsaw Buick GMC are proud to support the Buick lineup each and every day. Call us to learn more about torque vectoring, or to set up a test drive and experience it.

Be a Focused Driver during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In today’s world, we are constantly connected and barraged with notifications, updates, and ringing from our smartphones. While it may feel hard to resist at times, it’s critical to ignore your phone while driving in your car.

During the month of April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness month, we want to challenge all of our customers to #TakeBackYourDrive. This includes more than just texting; it means no using your phone at all, even if you have a hands-free device.

According to the National Safety Council, drivers who are talking on their cell phones, whether they are using their hands or not, are four times as likely to be involved in a car accident. And, it is estimated that 21% of all traffic accidents in the U.S. involve a driver who was using his or her phone.

Both driving and holding a conversation are thinking tasks, which means the brain cannot focus simultaneously on both. In fact, the brain actually rapidly switches between the two tasks and drivers who are talking on their phones can actually miss seeing up to 50% of their driving environments.

The major difference between talking to someone on your phone and talking to a fellow passenger is that a passenger can see the road along with the driver. An adult passenger can adjust their talking when traffic conditions get tough and can even help point out potential road hazards.

If you are ready to make the commitment to drive distraction-free, sign this online pledge and #TakeBackYourDrive.

 

Heads Up! Here Are Some Fall Driving Dangers You Need to Watch Out For

fall driving dangers

Fall might be your favorite time of year to take a quick cruise around town, gazing at the colorful foliage and wondering why all seasons can’t be this beautiful. But, fall comes with its own fair share of road hazards that make those leaf-peeping tours through the woods just a little more complicated. Here’s our quick-pick of fall driving dangers to watch out for this season:

Leaves

Let’s start with the most obvious one: the leaves. Everyone loves them. Everyone thinks they’re stunning. But when they fall, they make the roads extra slick, especially after rain. Even when they’re still on the trees, leaves can cause issues: people stare at the pretty picture all around them and not at the road, which can cause accidents.

Sun Glare

In the fall, the sun sits lower in the sky, approximately directly in front of your windshield all day long. Maybe not all day long, but more than likely right as you’re commuting to and from work. Don’t take to the road without sun protection, no matter how cloudy and grey it looks at the start of the day.

Rain, Fog, & Frost

Fall is an erratic time of year in terms of weather. Hurricanes off the Atlantic cause atmospheric issues across the US. Fog is common, especially in the morning (don’t use your high beams; it will only reflect off the fog and make things worse). Frost can creep in and surprise you the morning after a balmy, 65-degree day. The weather of autumn is one fall driving danger you do not want to test. Make sure you change your wiper blades and keep an eye on your tire pressure for the safest ride possible.