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How to Drive Safely in Strong Wind and Rain

Driving in conditions that involve strong wind or heavy rain can be relatively common and may not be the most pressing safety concern for many drivers, but Travelers safety professionals know that driving in severe weather can significantly increase the risk of a dangerous situation for you, your family and other drivers. Severe weather demands your undivided attention, so be sure to reduce driving distractions by turning the radio down and turning off and stowing your phone to help you keep your attention fully on the road. Keep in mind that sometimes the best decision you can make is to avoid driving altogether and to stay off the road completely until the weather clears.

Driving in Heavy Winds

Wind may not seem like it can present a significant risk, but strong wind deserves special consideration from drivers. Strong wind can occur just about anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces. Areas for concern also include highway overpasses, tunnels and “road cuts” through mountainous areas that can act as funnels for wind. The following tips can help keep you on the road and safe if you encounter heavy winds.

1. Anticipate gusts. Take special care when driving through areas prone to strong winds or when weather reports predict severe weather.

2. Notice larger vehicles. Be aware of large vehicles on the road such as tractor-trailers and recreational vehicles. They are more susceptible to high winds and drivers may have difficulties staying in their lanes.

3. Keep a firm grip on the wheel. Keep both hands on the wheel in case the wind begins to move your vehicle, especially if you are driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer.

Driving in Heavy Rain

In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. Follow these tips to help you stay safe while driving in heavy rain.

1. Take your time. Slow down to help avoid hydroplaning. Also, one of the most dangerous times to drive can be soon after it begins to rain. The rain can cause oils on a roadway to rise to the surface and make conditions slick. Waiting a while after rains begin, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.

2. Turn your lights on. Turning on your headlights can help you to see more clearly and also helps other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain.

3. Give other vehicles more space. Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you, and the cars behind you, more time to react to traffic.

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Ram Unveils Texas-only 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star Model at DFW Auto Show

  • Original “Texas Truck” returns for 2019 
  • New 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks outpower, out-tow and outhaul every other pickup available 
  • Ram Lone Star is a favorite among Texas truck buyers
Ram Unveils “Texas-only” 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star Model at Dallas Auto Show
Ram Unveils “Texas-only” 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star Model at Dallas Auto Show

Ram today offered the first public glimpse of the new 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Lone Star at the DFW Auto Show in Dallas, Texas.

The Ram Lone Star is distributed only in Texas and distinguished by unique “Lone Star” tailgate and interior badges. Ram was the first automaker to introduce the model available exclusively to the largest pickup truck market in the U.S.

“First and foremost, the Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star edition is a powerful, hard-working truck that meets the demands of Texas truck buyers,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “Trucks are a big part of life in the Lone Star State, and Ram offers the segment’s best combination of performance, strength, luxury and technology.”

New 2019 Ram Heavy Duty outpowers, out-tows and outhauls every other pickup with 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram also achieves the highest capability numbers for diesel- and gas-powered pickups: 35,100 lbs. towing and 7,680 lbs. payload.

Ram redesigned its Heavy Duty line for 2019 to be the best riding, handling and towing ever with an emphasis on comfort and confidence. Active noise cancellation, anti-vibration devices and acoustic glass all contribute to the quietest cabin yet.

Ram dramatically improved its Heavy Duty ride quality with new suspension tuning that includes Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shocks, progressive springs and re-engineered bushings. An exclusive rear air suspension now features driver-activated Bed-Lowering Mode, Normal/Payload Mode and Trailer-Tow Mode.

A new 98.5-percent high-strength steel frame offers greater capacities, reduced weight and the highest levels of torsional rigidity. Lightweight materials in the frame, powertrain and an aluminum hood also reduce overall weight by up to 143 lbs.

Ram Heavy Duty models offer technologies that help owners tow with confidence. A new 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer reverse guidance view provides a single display-screen view of both sides of a trailer to assist drivers in maneuvering towing setups. A new auxiliary exterior camera improves visibility with custom positioning in and behind trailers. Advanced trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) accommodate up to six pickup tires and 12 trailer tires with up to four trailer profiles.

Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star models are equipped with standard Class V receiver hitches, electronic trailer brake controllers and power trailer-tow mirrors.

Lone Star models include chrome door handles, bumpers and grille surround, as well as halogen headlamps with optional LED lighting. Standard 18-inch steel wheels can be upgraded to 20-inch chrome or painted aluminum wheels.

For 2019, the Ram Heavy Duty lineup features a completely redesigned interior with unexpected luxury throughout. Borrowing from the award-winning Ram 1500, the Ram Heavy Duty interior offers more refinement, comfort, convenience and storage than any other truck in the segment.

Ram Lone Star is offered with a choice of two interiors packages and four colors. An optional equipment group features a closed upper-dash door with a Lone Star nameplate badge, a power driver seat and Uconnect 8.4-inch multifunction touchscreen. The trim is available with Black/Diesel Grey, Black/Light Brown, Light Frost/Black or all-Black premium cloth seats accented with new interior finishes. Seating is available in two-passenger bucket, three-passenger bench, five-passenger bucket or six-passenger bench seating options.

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Lone Star is available with a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 powertrains, Regular, Crew and Mega Cab body configurations and 6 ft.-4 in. (Crew and Mega) and 8 ft. (Regular and Crew) bed lengths.

The 410-hp, 429 lb.-ft. of torque 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with class-exclusive 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. The segment’s most powerful engine – the 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque 6.7-liter High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel – is available on Ram 3500 models. An 850 lb.-ft. Cummins is also available on both the 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty.

Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Lone Star pricing starts at $37,645, plus $1,695 destination. Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Lone Star pricing starts at $39,095, plus destination.

Lone Star is also available with a monochromatic Sport Appearance package ($1,195) and a Black Appearance package ($2,595), offering buyers a number of personalized exterior looks and an all-black interior. Other popular option groups include a Tow Tech Group ($2,425) and a Safety Group ($2,195).

Several other option packages are available with the Lone Star in order to give buyers their choice of function-specific enhancements. They include a Bed Utility Group, a 4×4 Off-road Group, a Protection Group, Max Towing Package and Premium Lighting Group.

New 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Lone Star editions will go on sale in the second quarter of 2019.

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