With wintery conditions blowing their way across much of the country, now’s a great time to get out in front of the weather and revisit how to remain safe when road conditions are less than ideal. Whether traveling to the family cottage for a ski weekend or simply trying to make your way through your daily commute, knowing how to navigate the roadways in snow and ice is essential. Here are a few ways the Chrysler Brand helps make winter driving more convenient and comfortable, as well as tips and tricks for being prepared and informed.
Take Full Control with All-Wheel Drive
Over the river and through the woods, or over snow- and ice-covered roads — the 2016 Chrysler 200 and 300 feature available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) to put you in full control in the harshest conditions.
The 2016 Chrysler 200 features the most technologically advanced available AWD system in its class.1 Based on road conditions, the AWD system seamlessly engages at any speed, providing excellent traction and performance without requiring any driver input, allowing you to focus on the road ahead. The highly efficient system, using a fully disconnecting rear axle, disengages power to the non-driven axle when front-wheel-drive performance is sufficient, then reengages when conditions dictate, delivering infinitely variable torque split combinations between the front and rear wheels to enable optimal traction.
The luxurious 2016 Chrysler 300 also offers the most technologically advanced available AWD system in its class2 on V6 engine-equipped models. Employing a similar axle-disconnect function, the Electronic Stability Control system3 and powertrain controls seamlessly engage AWD in real time and at any speed. A little bad weather is no match for world-class engineering and performance technology, and when you’re in control, snow certainly just adds to the ambiance of the drive.
Stay Up-To-Date on Road Conditions
Before you set out for a winter drive, it’s always a good idea to check road conditions and plan your route accordingly. If conditions change once you’re on your way, the available Uconnect® 8.4 NAV system on Chrysler 200 and 300 offers premium Garmin® Navigation featuring 3-D graphics, SiriusXM® Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link4 (both with five years of trial service included), and a one-year trial of Uconnect Access,5 helping you reach your destination in the event that you need to find new, clearer roads. Additional available safety and security features include Uconnect Access Emergency Assistance with 9-1-1 Call and Roadside Assistance, should an incident arise.
Warm Your Winter With Remote Start
Scraping your windows and sitting down on a cold car seat is no way to begin a drive. Fortunately, with the available remote start6 system on the 2016 Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country, you can start your vehicle from as far as 200 feet. For those extra-chilly winter mornings, the system can be programmed to activate the available heated driver’s seat and heated steering wheel. That means no more frost on your windshield and no more chilly starts to your commute.
Earn Peace of Mind with Safety and Security Features
When navigating the roadways in inclement weather, nothing is more important than knowing your family is safe, which is why the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country is designed to offer you peace of mind. The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country is built for any conditions, with an available SafetyTec™ Package that bundles an array of safety and security features, including Blind Spot Monitoring7, Rear Cross Path Detection8, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist8 and the Tire Pressure Monitoring Display.
In addition, the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country features seven airbags9 to help protect occupants, a steel safety frame to reinforce the passenger compartment and help reduce the risk of injury, and the LATCH system with three vehicle anchor points to keep your child seats secure without using the vehicle’s seat belts.
The Most Important Safety Feature Is You
One of the surest ways to make winter driving safe it to remain alert behind the wheel and drive according to conditions. That means driving when well rested, avoiding distractions and allowing extra time to reach your destination. When wet, snowy or icy conditions dictate, decrease speeds and increase distance between other vehicles to keep the roadways safe for everyone.
Be Prepared for Anything
Speaking of incidents, being prepared will help you make the best out of any situation, whether you’re helping yourself or stopping for a fellow motorist who may be in need of assistance. In the winter months, be sure to pack your trunk, glove box or storage area with jumper cables, flashlights, blankets and additional winter clothing, and always keep your cell phone charged. An easy way to get started is with the Mopar® Roadside Safety Kit, which comes equipped with handy tools for those unexpected emergencies.
The goal is to enjoy the season and to arrive at your destinations safely. Visit chrysler.com for a complete rundown of available safety and security features.
1Based on the latest available competitive information and the FCA US LLC standard midsized sedan market.
2Based on the latest available competitive information and the FCA US LLC Upper Large Car segmentation.
3Always drive carefully, consistent with conditions. Always wear your seat belt and obey traffic laws.
4Services require subscriptions, sold separately after 5-year trial included with new vehicle purchases. Trial service is not transferable and non-refundable. The SiriusXM Travel Link data displays and individual product availability vary by vehicle hardware. Not all vehicles or devices are capable of receiving all services. SiriusXM satellite service available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C. Internet radio service is available with limited coverage in AK and HI.
5Requires a subscription which is sold separately after 6-month (Uconnect 8.4) or 12-month (Uconnect 8.4 NAV) trial included with your new vehicle purchase. Vehicle must be properly equipped. Service can only be used where cellular coverage is available, see coverage map for details. Your trial period begins the day you take delivery of your vehicle. Register as soon as possible. To activate the trial and use the services, you must register with Uconnect Access and fulfill minimum subscription requirements.
6Check individual state and local laws regarding use of remote start systems.
7Always check entire surroundings visually before backing up.
8Always check visually for vehicles prior to changing lanes.
9Always sit properly in designated seating positions with seat belts securely fastened at all times.