Car Maintenance and Driving: Prepare for the Fall

Preparing for Fall | Chattanooga, TN

While many people think that winter is the most dangerous season for driving, it’s important to know that autumn can be hazardous as well. Wet leaves, fog, and sun glare can cause serious issues, especially if you’re not prepared or if you’ve fallen behind on your car’s maintenance. From changing your driving habits to performing routine service, there are tons of easy ways to drive into the changing seasons well-prepared.

According to Safe Bee, one of the most important things to remember is to avoid braking on leaves. Leaves can be almost as slippery as ice, and they can also prevent you from seeing lane markers. If you do have to drive over leaves, do so slowly and carefully, especially on curvy roads.

Sunlight can also be a major issue, especially because the sun tends to set and rise earlier as winter approaches. You should be prepared with a quality pair of sunglasses, but also be sure to keep your windshield clean and smudge-free. If possible, adjusting your commute to a route that runs north to south can mitigate this issue.

Fog can be particularly hazardous in the fall, especially after it rains. You should never use your high beams in the fog, as it can reflect back towards you and dramatically reduce visibility. Only use low beams, and consider slowing your driving speed significantly.

Fall is a beautiful time of year, and all of us at Capital Toyota want to make sure you enjoy it safely. If you’re due for maintenance or want to look into glare-reduction options, stop by our service department and let our experienced staff take care of your ride.

Toyota Tundra: 20 Years and Counting

This year, the Toyota Tundra marks a major milestone — its 20th birthday. Here at Capital Toyota, we’re saluting this beloved truck with a look at highlights from its first two decades.

Assembled in the U.S.

The Tundra was the first full-size pickup from a Japanese automaker to be built in the United States. After several years in Indiana, Tundra production moved to Texas in 2008, where it’s still going strong today.

Out-of-this-world capabilities

The Tundra’s impressive capabilities include the strength to haul close to a ton of cargo or tow up to 7,200 pounds. This muscle was on full display in 2012, when an unmodified Tundra CrewMax 4×4 towed the retired Endeavour space shuttle across a Los Angeles bridge using a special dolly.

Daring durability

For the past 20 years, the Tundra has become justly famous for its toughness and durability. Tundra owner Victor Sheppard racked up more than 1 million miles on his 2007 model, then exchanged it for a new one so Toyota engineers could study how it lasted so long. Tundra toughness was also on display during 2018’s deadly Camp Fire in California, when ICU nurse Allyn Pierce repeatedly drove his truck through the flames to save people trapped in a hospital.

Whether your next Tundra is destined for big accomplishments or simple everyday reliability, you can find a model that’s right for you at Capital Toyota.