Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays from Capital Toyota

Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays

If you’re leaving on a trip to see your family or enjoy warmer climates, you aren’t the only one—December is, after all, a month of holiday travels.

Unfortunately, it’s also a month of hazardous driving conditions. Before you head out on a trip, it helps to be prepared. Here are a few safe driving tips for the holidays!

  1. Make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. You don’t want to drive over snow and slush in a car that isn’t in pristine condition. Get it checked out today at Capital Toyota!
  2. Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads. If you intend to go somewhere specifically on Christmas Eve or New Year’s, you should consider leaving early.
  3. Stay fresh and alert. Long trips are exhausting. Let someone else drive when you get tired, or pull over at a rest stop if no one can.
  4. Use a designated driver. Even the most conservative of us find themselves drinking during the holidays, and unless you plan to stay the night, not having a designated driver is a recipe for disaster when it’s time to head home.

From all of us here at Capital Toyota, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers

For many, Halloween is what makes October such a wonderful month. Friends and families can carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on hay rides, and even visit a corn maze or haunted house. For children, it all culminates in trick-or-treating near the end of the month. While it is important to stress safety tips with your children if they are trick-or-treating, it is also important to practice some safety tips of your own if you will be out driving.

Check out these five Halloween safety tips for drivers, courtesy of Capital Toyota:

  1. Research trick-or-treat times in your city. Make sure you know when and where children will be out in any neighborhoods you will be visiting so that you know when to be extra cautious.
  2. Turn your lights on. Even if it’s still light out, it will make you more visible to children. It will also help you catch the safety reflectors that many parents attach to their children’s costumes.
  3. Drive slowly. Neighborhood speeds are usually posted at 25 mph. Slow down to 20 or even 15 during trick-or-treat times. Remember—kids might not follow all pedestrian rules, like crossing at crosswalks only.
  4. Put away your phone. Whether you are making a phone call, playing music, or trying to text, put that phone down. These are things that offer dangerous distractions at all times, but be especially cautious of things that cause distractions (phone, radio, food) during trick-or-treat times.
  5. Be aware of danger zones. Drive slowly around parked cars, as children might dart out from behind them. Also be extra careful at intersections, where children may cross out of turn. Always signal your intentions to drivers and pedestrians, and keep your eyes alert all night.

Halloween is a fun night for all—just make sure you are being safe however you celebrate!

Helpful Car Cleaning Tips from Capital Toyota

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It’s important to keep your car clean—both inside and out. Here are some car cleaning tips to ensure that both the interior and exterior of your vehicle stay looking good.

1.  Clean the inside window surfaces to prevent surface smog formation.

2.  If you have cloth or vinyl car seats, vacuum and shampoo them (and the carpet). For leather seating, use a cleaner and preservative.

3.  Dust (or purchase auto care wipes for) the dashboard, console, and interior door panels.

4.  For the exterior, buy a quality concentrated car wash and follow the instructions, being sure to use a sponge or mitt rather than rags, which can scratch your car.

5.  If you wax your car, don’t do it when its still hot from running or sitting in direct sunlight—the heat will make the wax hard to remove and leave a streaky finish.

Follow these tips, and you can keep your car looking like new! For more car cleaning tips, contact us today at Capital Toyota and we’d be glad to help.

National Car Care Month: General Car Maintenance Tips to Start the Season

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Spring is finally here, and though it may seem that the upcoming months are some of the safest of the year, especially compared to this year’s harsh winter, it’s important to remember that spring has its own challenges.

And although we’ve shared a few of our top tips last month, we thought we’d share a few more spring car maintenance tips in honor of National Car Care Month:

  • Schedule an overall check-up to make sure that nothing was damaged by harsh weather and that all fluid levels are as they should be.
  • Check the tire pressure, an important task that should be completed frequently; always consult the vehicle owner’s manual for details.
  • Evaluate the suspension and wheel alignment, as winter weather frequently causes imbalances and uneven wear on tires.
  • Lastly, give your car a good clean – inside and out – in honor of spring cleaning. Who knows what has accumulated under those seats.

Do you have any spring maintenance tips we have forgotten about? Let us know in the comments, and have a safe spring from all of us at Capital Toyota Scion!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips from Capital Toyota Scion

This winter has been particularly rough, even for those of us here in Tennessee. Wide temperature fluctuations, frost, ice, potholes, dirt, and wind all take their toll on our cars. Luckily, there is an end in sight, and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to say ‘thank you’ to our cars for getting us through the winter, and prepare them for April showers and May flowers.

Here are our spring car maintenance tips.

spring car maintenanceGet a professional checkup. It’s worth your time to have your local shop give your car a once-over. They’ll check everything from the tires to the suspension and alignment, and let you know if anything needs attention.

Check the tires. Check the air pressure and the tread to make sure everything is up to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can find your car’s recommended tire pressure in your door jam or in the user’s manual. To check the tire tread, check out the penny method, which requires only a penny and a minute of your time. If it’s time to replace your tires, its best to do it sooner rather than later.

Test your battery. Cold weather is especially tough on your battery. Follow these simple steps to find out if it’s time to replace yours (or stop by Capital Toyota).

Replace your windshield wipers. Cold weather can cause the rubber on your wipers to crack. These are easy to replace, just stop by your local auto parts shop to find the correct replacements. Windshield wiper blades that don’t work well can be a major hazard in rainy conditions.

Check Fluid levels. Check the oil, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.

Give it a good wash. Nothing says spring like a shiny, clean car. Take time to wash, dry and wax the outside, and vacuum, Windex, and wipe down the inside.

 

For help with your vehicle’s maintenance, don’t hesitate to come and see us at Capital Toyota / Scion!