Play Outside: Trucks for All Weather

Springtime equals sun, warm breezes, and blue skies, right? Or is it more a case of rain, mist and grey cloud? When it comes to spring in Seattle, it’s definitely a case of both.

The chances are, you’ll have a range of activities planned this spring. After a long, cold winter, most of us can’t wait to get out and explore the beautiful countryside around Seattle. Sure it’s not always the warmest, and you’ll probably need to pack clothes for two different seasons, but it’s all part of the fun! Having the right truck makes a huge difference to how you enjoy the great outdoors over the next few weeks. So what are the features you need to look for?

Tires that can cope with anything will ensure you’re safe, whatever the weather throws at you. Snow? Heavy rain? Sunshine? Okay, you won’t need winter tires when the sun shines, but they’ll make driving much easier if spring shows its chilly side. Winter tires aren’t just for one season – it’s best to make the switch when the forecast promises a long period of settled weather, especially if you’re planning to enjoy any of our wonderful mountain parks.

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Admittedly, they’re not the most exciting piece of equipment in the world, but we highly recommend investing in good quality windscreen wipers for springtime driving. You really don’t want to discover during a snowstorm or a torrential downpour that your windscreen wipers should have been upgraded months ago. We advise wiper blades made of high quality rubber that can withstand harsh winters and hot summers (and everything in between!). Yes, you’ll pay more, but they’ll last so much longer and you’ll be able to see clearly when driving. That’s a feature worth paying for.

Driving in spring means driving in a range of weather conditions, often in the same day. If you plan to drive a truck through snow, mud and driving rain, a four-wheel drive is the best option. The Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax 4WD is a fantastic vehicle that provides serious traction, nearly five tons of towing capacity, reliability, and a host of luxurious features (leather upholstery, anyone?).

Rain guards have a dual function – they keep the rain out when the window is rolled down during a storm, and they also stop too much wind from flowing into the vehicle and destabilizing it at high speeds. Essential equipment for making those spring road trips easier and safer.

Bug deflectors are a must-have for trucks. Whereas the design of cars reduces wind resistance, trucks don’t have these aerodynamic features.  Most truck windshields are vertical and the hoods are flatter, creating a perfect trap for bugs and other debris. Check out the Ford F-series for the supremely effective bug deflectors (which will also help to absorb the shock from impacts by rocks).

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One of the reasons we love trucks is the space they offer. Oodles of space for baggage, work gear, sports equipment… Whatever you’ve got – a truck will handle it. The brand new Ford F-150 is the last word in space. Seriously. You have to see it to believe it. It has almost twice the storage space in the front row, in comparison to the previous model (which, let’s be honest, was pretty roomy too). Whatever sport you’re into as spring approaches, you’ll be able to accommodate the accessories (and then some) in the Ford F-150.

A great infotainment system will alert you to unforeseen changes in the weather. When you’re halfway up a mountain, knowing that the snow is about to hit is important. It could make the difference between spending the night in a cold vehicle, and getting home to your comfy bed.

If you use your truck to tow, Ram is a brand to take very seriously. We’ve spent time drooling over the new Ram 1500 and the features designed especially with towing in mind. Imagine you want to explore one of the amazing sailing locations not too far from Seattle. You hitch up the trailer, press the accelerator, and… Nothing. It’s too heavy. Not with the new Ram. They’re built to haul the equipment you have. Even better, they have a Hill Start Assist feature that detects when you’re on an incline, so when you take your foot off the brake, it prevents you from rolling back. Now that’s clever.

Have you enjoyed time out around Seattle in your truck? What features made springtime driving easier? We’d love to hear from you at Facebook and Twitter!

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