11/23/2016 Winter 2016 About the Author Chasing the Storm By John Scott Lewinski 11/23/2016 Winter 2016 All-Weather Adventures in a Subaru Crosstrek Most sensible people run for shelter when facing Mother Nature’s fury. Not Brandon Clement. He and his Subaru Crosstrek head straight for it. Based in Terry, Mississippi, Clement is a storm chaser. He owns a garden art business, but he spends the spring storm season tracking severe weather across the Plains. He trusts his specially equipped Crosstrek to carry him through severe weather conditions. “The Crosstrek has the reliability I need with All-Wheel Drive (AWD),” he says. “I like its excellent safety record and fuel efficiency. It’s had to get me through rough conditions − everything from snow to pretty deep water. The day I bought it, I got no farther than 10 miles down the road before I ran into a hailstorm.” Brandon Clement Chasing a tornado in Oklahoma. Clement was in Oklahoma last spring, out in the middle of nowhere, when the weather services posted a tornado warning. “The only access I had to the storm cell was through muddy, rutted roads,” he says. “The Subaru ran through them with no problem.” Heading into harm’s way to keep tabs on some of the planet’s most deadly phenomena is a lifelong fascination for Clement. “I chase because when I was a kid growing up in Louisiana, I was fascinated by storms,” he says. “When I was old enough to drive, I took myself to them.” Clement’s Crosstrek will soon have heavier tires and a supercharger, but for this trip, he was fully equipped for what turned out to be the most active stretch of the season. The photos speak for themselves. Clement added external video cameras, light bars to the roof and a light rack on the front bumper; installed a marine battery to run gear and charge camera batteries; and put in a PC, onboard mobile Internet and a cell phone amplifier. Photo: Mihai Simonia / Shutterstock Top: Heated front seats. Middle: Heated side mirrors to prevent fogging or frosting. Bottom: Windshield wiper de-icers to fend off streaking, wiping gaps or damaged rubber wipers. Brave the Elements You may not find yourself chasing many tornadoes, but you’re likely to encounter hazardous weather situations. The available Crosstrek All-Weather Package will prep your vehicle for maximum comfort, safety and convenience regardless of the conditions. • Heated front seats • Heated side mirrors to prevent fogging or frosting • Windshield wiper de-icers to fend off streaking, wiping gaps or damaged rubber wipers Don’t forget to equip your vehicle with the Genuine Subaru Severe Weather Companion, which gives you basic necessities for dealing with an unexpected weather emergency while traveling. Extreme Weather Tips by Brandon Clement As a storm chaser for nearly 20 years, I have learned many valuable lessons about driving, knowing your vehicle’s limits and knowing your own limits. 1. Pay attention to weather advisories; avoid travel when conditions exceed those in which you feel comfortable. 2. Pay attention to the outdoor temperature; some of the most dangerous driving conditions occur when roads turn slushy. 3. Slow down and avoid sudden braking or quick changes of direction; when the roads are slick, it’s more difficult to stop because vehicles have less traction. 4. In rainy or icy weather, be extra careful on bridges, overpasses, sharp turns and hills. 5. Do not use cruise control in snowy or icy conditions. 6. Tire type and tread can make dramatic differences when driving in winter weather; winter tires help improve traction. 7. Stock your vehicle with water, blankets, food, flashlights and weather-appropriate gear; if you get stranded in a potentially dangerous climate, don’t leave your car unless you can see help and can safely get there. Additionally, Subaru offers splash guards and a hood protector. Equip your vehicle today: Visit your retailer or go to parts.subaru.com. Above: Subaru bumper 5-mph Impact Test. Below: Fender edges and mounting bolt holes Salt and High-Humidity Test. Genuine Subaru Replacement Parts If your Subaru is damaged by weather or in an accident, you have the right to request Genuine Subaru Replacement Parts. Why Use Genuine Subaru Parts? 1. Direct fitment guarantees accurate body panel matchup and appearance as originally intended. 2. Proper rust-prevention methods in sheet metal fabrication helps promote longevity. 3. Genuine Subaru Parts are engineered and manufactured to your vehicle’s original stringent specifications. 4. The same parts are used during your vehicle’s original crash safety testing. 5. Fitment and quality of parts decreases the chance of part failure and future repair costs. All Subaru vehicles sold by Subaru of America are designed and built for normal driving conditions. The Subaru Limited Warranty, as well as the Subaru Added Security program, may exclude damage or failure resulting from modifications or participation in competition or racing events. See the Subaru Warranty and Maintenance booklet for further details.