Many families make road trips part of their annual traditions, whether it’s going to Grandma’s house for the holidays or someplace exotic for a summer vacation. If you have a road trip in your near future, you need to make sure your car is ready to go. Here are a few common road trip maintenance tips to keep everything running smoothly.
Inspect Your Tires
Give all of your tires a thorough inspection, including your spare. Make sure they are all properly inflated and have enough tread depth. If you see any uneven wearing or cracks in your tires, you might need a new set before you hit the road.
No one wants to settle in for an hours-long ride in a hot car with no air conditioning. Get your HVAC system tested and recharged if it is feeling weak.
If you’ve fallen behind on any routine maintenance, such as oil changes, tire rotations, or fluid top-offs, get your car back on track before you leave.
Check Your Battery
You don’t want to be left stranded with a dead battery in an unfamiliar location. Make sure your battery has enough power to make it through your trip.
Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, and unexpected car problems are a surefire way to ruin that. To get your vehicle checked before your trip, set up an appointment with the service department at Capital Toyota.
The future of the auto industry is vehicle electrification, and Toyota continues to lead the pack in innovative technology. This June, Toyota unveiled its plan for electric vehicles, showcasing its commitment to cutting-edge electric vehicle technology in the coming years.
Toyota’s plan reveals an expediated path towards vehicle electrification across its lineup. By 2025, Toyota plans on having half of its global sales numbers come from electric vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure EVs. Previously, Toyota had set the goal for 2030. The shift is prompted by the fact that battery electric vehicles are being more rapidly adopted, supporting greater sales.
In addition to the accelerated schedule of lineup electrification, Toyota set another goal. By 2020, the automaker hopes to debut a solid-state battery. Many automakers are pursuing such battery technology, as solid-state batteries are lighter and less expensive than the ones currently being used. In comparison to lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries will offer higher performance.
Preceding Toyota’s major EV announcement, Toyota and Subaru announced that they were working on an electric crossover. The collaboration is aimed at creating an electric vehicle platform for midsize and large vehicles. Eventually, such a platform will give way to a large variety of EVs from both automakers. With such exciting things planned, we can’t wait to see what Toyota has in store for us next.
Interested in learning more about Toyota’s current electric lineup, like the Prius and the RAV4 Hybrid? Stop by Capital Toyota to speak to one of our knowledgeable salespeople.