Why a Volkswagen is the Perfect Rainy Season Car

September 26th, 2021 by

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VW SUVs That Are Built to Perform During Inclement Weather

As us locals know here in the great state of Texas, the wettest months of the year are typically August through October when rainfall and hurricanes are in season. Bad weather can catch you off-guard if you’re not paying attention. For those that plan on being out there on the road for their commute, you need to be sure that you have the right vehicle for the job when it comes to driving during one of our famous storms. Not only do you need a vehicle that can perform on slick roads and mud, but that also has the safety features to protect you and your passengers in low-visibility situations.

For those that are concerned about rainy day driving, you can’t go wrong with one of the members of the VW SUV family of vehicles. Here at the Volkswagen dealership in Clear Lake, we have the VW Atlas, VW Atlas Cross Sport, VW Tiguan, VW Taos, and plenty more to choose from. Let’s break down some of the finer points of these vehicles so you know how they hold up, even during rough weather.

4Motion with Active Control All-Wheel Drive – Offering Stability During the Storm

We all know that when dealing with rain, sleet, or snow, you want a car that has all-wheel drive, right? Well, that’s mostly true. The fact of the matter is that all-wheel drive doesn’t mean the same thing that it did ten years ago. Volkswagen has advanced their technology to elevate the performance of our all-wheel drive vehicles.

Available on both the VW Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, and other VW SUVs, the 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel drive system measures the speed of each individual wheel multiple times per second looking for signs of wheel slip. In the event that the 4Motion system senses the front wheels are about to lose traction, it will engage before that happens, sending up to 50% of the engine’s power to the vehicle’s rear axle as needed. If an individual wheel starts to slip, the Electronic Stability Control system will slow it down and send more power to the wheel opposite it that has traction. This gives drivers the ability to drive on virtually any surface with confidence, even during the very worst of rainstorms.

It also lets you choose between four different modes of driving: On-Road (for everyday driving), Snow, Off-Road, and Off-Road Custom.

Features That Come in Handy During the Storm

The beauty of driving a VW is that their engineering and design team thinks of basically everything when it comes to driving in inclement weather. In fact, our current models of Volkswagen SUVs feature rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED headlights with all-weather lights with low-speed corner-illuminating glow, and an automatic post-collision braking system. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is one of the real stars of the show during rainstorms or inclement weather. It’s well-illuminated, high-resolution, and completely customizable regarding what it displays (route guidance, assistance systems, elevation, etc.).

Driver Assist Features

Besides poor traction and slippage, what is the main issue with driving in the rain? If you said visibility, then you are totally correct. And it’s especially hazardous in low light or darkness situations. In fact, a large portion of accidents and fender benders that occur during storms are due to the fact that drivers can’t see everything going on around them.

Yet again, VW comes through when it matters by offering some of the most intuitive driver assistance features currently available on the market. Think of them as having an additional set of eyes out there on the road.

  • Dynamic Road Sign Display: View traffic signs, posted speed limits, overtaking restrictions, and warning signs, all from your Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. Even when you can’t see the signs, our system will see them for you.
  • Blind Spot Monitor: Nothing is more dangerous than attempting to change lanes when someone is in your blind spot, especially during a storm with low visibility. With Active Blind Spot Monitor, you’ll be warned ahead of time if you’re about to change into a lane that’s already occupied by another driver.
  • Rear Traffic Alert: This feature comes in handy whenever you’re backing up, especially during a low-visibility situation. You’ll be alerted in the event any vehicles are detected behind you.
  • Light Assist: Provides the optimum high beam visibility during low-light and/or low-visibility situations. There’s nothing you need to do on your end. This feature automatically activates when you hit a speed of 37 mph.

Test Drive a Volkswagen SUV Today at the VW Clear Lake Dealership

Volkswagen SUVs are made for rainy day driving, always keeping safety and performance top-of-mind when you’re out there dealing with slick roads and low-visibility situations. If you’ve been searching for terms like “Volkswagen near me” then look no further than VW Clear Lake. We’re conveniently located at 15100 Gulf Fwy. in Houston.

We have Volkswagen models made to accommodate any family dynamic or driving style whether it’s rain, snow, or off-roading. Feel free to send us a message using the Contact Us form to schedule a test drive appointment with the vehicle of your choice.

Additionally, if you’ve been searching “ used car dealerships near me,” VW has plenty of SUVs and sedans that are certified pre-owned and have undergone a 100+ point inspection. Make sure to check out our specials as well.

Finally, if you have a VW that you’d like to get routine maintenance or repair on, please feel free to reach out to our service department.

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