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!

Toyota Built a Car-Hauler that Runs on Compressed Natural Gas

Toyota drivers tend to be concerned with fuel efficiency and emissions, which is why they choose cars like the Prius or the Camry Hybrid when they shop at Capital Toyota. It’s also why they care about how the cars are made and where they come from.

Compressed Natural Gas

In its latest efforts to make the process of getting an efficient car into your hands, Toyota developed a car hauler that runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), which emits about 85% less overall particulate matter, including 10% less carbon dioxide. In other words, it makes your Toyota cleaner before you even start it.

The truck was built as an experiment to evaluate its performance and efficiency compared to the current trucks, which run on diesel. Initially, the placement of alternate fuel tanks presented a challenge to the designers, as it interfered with the over-the-cab head rack, but they were able to get around it through some engineering wizardry.

The CNG truck is expected to run an average of 7,000 to 8,000 miles per month. After enough tests, Toyota may elect to convert all of its car haulers to CNG power. Incredible!