Twenty-four percent of these crashes-approximately 1,561,000-are weather-related. Additionally, nearly 7,400 people are killed and over 673,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.
The FHWA reports that the reason for many weather-related crashes is rain. Because it reduces vehicle traction and maneuverability, as well as visibility distance, it's important to have a vehicle equipped to perform in any inclement situation.
Believe it or not, the 2008 Porsche Cayman and Cayman S are among the best rainy-day cars. They have all of the essential features needed for all-weather driving.
The Cayman and Cayman S have a dynamic wiper system that, in addition to front and rear wipers, features optional rain sensors that activate the wipers when water is detected on the glass and shuts off the rear wipers when the car reaches speeds above 131 mph.
And like all Porsche vehicles, the Cayman and Cayman S feature strong tire traction and mud guards for further protection. As an added advantage in inclement conditions, both vehicles feature the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) System as standard equipment.
The PSM is a computerized system that relies on data from an assortment of sensors to compare the speed of individual wheels, vehicle speed and engine speed in order to rein the car back under the driver's control when it detects the car slipping sideways or its tires losing traction and beginning to spin.
Also standard are four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes that are cross-drilled and vented internally for optimum performance in inclement weather.
With the National Climate Data Center having reported December 2007 as having been wetter than normal for the United States, equip yourself today with a vehicle like the Porsche Cayman or Cayman S for safe, all-weather ride. For more information on the all-weather features of the Porsche Cayman and Cayman S, visit www.porsche.com.