We all experience a little road rage now and then when we notice a driver in front or next to us make a big mistakes. But are you one of those drivers? Keep an eye out for some of the biggest yet subtle driving mistakes you could make.
Not Using Your Turn Signal/Leaving Your Turn Signal On
Your turn signals are a crucial part of driving. Sometimes you don’t think you need them, but think again! Even when you’re way ahead of somebody on the highway or when you’re on a deserted road, you’ll still need to use them because cops could be anywhere.
Leaving your turn signals on can also be a huge mistake because it can confuse other drivers about whether you’re turning/merging.
Cutting Somebody Off
You may think you have enough time/distance to merge in front of somebody, but think again. Would you really want somebody squeezing in front of you just because they think they can make it?
Driving Only in the Left Lane
The left lane should generally be reserved for passing, but it’s typically okay if you’re going 10 – 15 miles over the speed limit. Otherwise, you’re risking getting tailgated if you’re going right at the speed limit.
And remember, always drive safe!
For 12 years now, Toyota has been the top auto company among Hispanics in the U.S., and that’s for a reason! Toyota makes a commitment to be a part of every U.S. community, and part of that is their role as co-title sponsor of the 2016 National Council of La Raza conference.
The event took place from July 23rd to the 26th, and celebrates the Hispanic community. In fact, the National Council of La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the country. Through 300 community-based organizations, the NCLR reaches out to millions of Hispanics to make a real impact.
Toyota did their part at the conference, participating in the celebration and giving away an all-new 2016 Toyota Corolla.
“We thank Toyota for their steadfast commitment to the Hispanic community,” said Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO. “Latinos are an important part of the future of this country and together with partners like Toyota, we will keep championing on their behalf.”
Toyota is continuing its commitment to the Hispanic community by having one of the top minority procurement programs, Opportunity Exchange. They create jobs and increase economic opportunity in Latino communities throughout the U.S.
As the race towards self-driving cars becomes more competitive, Toyota is investing in technology to make sure that not only are they one of the first automakers to develop autonomous tech, but also, that Toyota’s self-driving cars are the safest.
Robotics expert Gill Pratt will be taking over Toyota’s Silicon Valley research company, in which Toyota has invested a stunning $1 billion. The plan is for the research to start paying off within five years, according to Pratt.
In a recent press conference, Pratt said that the future of Toyota’s self-driving cars will include models that can be driven by everyone, including children, the elderly, and even robots.
Pratt added that the first thing they will focus on will be more autonomous safety tech – or features that enable your car to prevent collisions, etc., without the driver even noticing – as well as self-parking technology.
To learn all about the future of Toyota’s self-driving cars and more, visit us anytime at Page Toyota!
Vehicle maintenance can be difficult to keep up with, especially if you aren’t well-versed in the lingo and the inner-workings of your car. Thankfully, as dashboard technology improves, more and more cars alert you when something is up. That’s where dashboard warning lights come into play!
Are you confused about a dashboard warning light? Here are some explanations of some of the most common:
- Check engine light – When this light turns on, there is something wrong with your engine. There’s no need to immediately panic, but you’ll want to get it checked out as soon as possible.
- Oil change – This convenient notice is obvious; it’s time to change your oil!
- Battery alert – If you see this icon, be sure to have a professional evaluate your battery.
- Washer fluid – Thankfully, many cars have this warning sign, which lets you know before you run out of windshield wiper fluid.
- Service soon – Lastly, this services as a sort of “miscellaneous” sign, when there is a problem that doesn’t have a unique light. Time to schedule a service appointment.
If you have any questions, check out our Indicator Lights Guide. Feel free to meet with someone in our service department, anytime here at Page Toyota!
Toyota and Special Olympics Texas announced in mid-May that Toyota has signed on as an official partner of SOTX. Toyota is now a $250,000 statewide donor for the non-profit organization to help train athletes with intellectual disabilities for the yearly state Special Olympics games. More than 55,200 children and adults participate in SOTX each year.
In addition to Toyota’s partnership with SOTX, the two groups have also come together to create a drawing with the Toyota tagline “Let’s Go Places Together.” The winner of the drawing will receive a fully-loaded 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794 edition.
If you are interested in being entered in the drawing, you can go to sotx.org/toyota and choose from a number of packages ranging from $25 to $200. Entrants can buy as many packages as they want within the packages’ availability and do not have to be residents of the state of Texas to do so, though you must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
Toyota has worked with other Special Olympics organizations in the past, including supporting SO in Southern California for 30 years, and is happy to do it again with SOTX.
If you’re driving cross-country this summer or taking any kind of road trip that will last longer than a day, you need to really prepare yourself for any eventuality. Long distance road trips can be a big pain, but if you follow these tips, you’ll have a great, stress-free time.
Before you leave, map out your destinations, including hotels you want to stay at. Make reservations, especially if you’re traveling at touristy time of year and especially if you’re traveling with pets. You don’t need to have a strict itinerary for when you get to where you’re going, but at least know the route you’re taking and where you’ll stay.
Budget accordingly, and leave yourself plenty of room for car breakdowns, food shortages, different gas and food prices in other cities, and so on. You should also avoid over packing—you want to have plenty of room to for whatever you get along the way.
Make your car as comfortable as possible. Don’t go on a road trip without working air conditioning. Bring healthy snacks and water, and put a blanket or pillow between you and the seat if your back starts to hurt. Don’t make yourself suffer!
Toyota is always about innovation and helping the environment. But it’s not just helping with developing fuel-efficient cars. This month, Toyota is becoming the first automaker in the world that will use biosynthetic rubber.
This rubber is called “biohyrdin” and will be used in engine and drive hose systems. It was developed by Toyota, Zeon Corporation, and Sumitomo Riko Co., Ltd. The typical rubber used in engine and drive hoses is made from epichlorohydring, an epoxy compound. But biohydrin is made from plant-derived bio-materials.
The reason it’s such a benefit to the environment is because the plant used in bio-materials absorbs CO2 instead of emitting it. This results in a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions.
The very first biohydrin will be used in all Toyota cars manufactured in Japan by the end of 2016. And since biohydrin is able to be produced in mass amounts, it’ll make it easy and accessible to use in all kinds of vehicles.
While it may seem like a small development, this innovative step is crucial towards developing a clean and green future.
While Memorial Day is a welcomed day off, full of barbecues and picnics, we don’t want to forget the real reason behind it. Memorial Day is our chance to remember our fallen heroes.
So, if you’re wanting some suggestions on how to celebrate Memorial Day while honoring your veterans, look no further!
- Visit a cemetery
While this may seem grim, it’s a great way to say “thank you” to fallen soldiers. You can visit a cemetery and bring flags and flowers to put on the graves of veterans, even if you don’t know them. All gravestones of soldiers are marked by their rank or with a flag.
- Honor the flag
It’s typical on Memorial Day to put your flag at half-staff until noon. Do this as a small but meaningful gesture.
- Find a parade
Find out when your local Memorial Day parade is and attend! It’s not only fun, but it shows you care.
- National Moment of Remembrance
The National Moment of Remembrance was established by Congress. You can participate by pausing for one minute at 3 p.m., local time, to think about the importance of the day.
College students are extremely tired people. That’s according to the Huffington Post, quoting data from a recent entry in a reputable medical journal. Seventy percent of those pursuing their higher education don’t get enough sleep.
Not only is this a quality of life issue for these sleep-deprived students. When these individuals get behind the wheel of a car, it becomes a societal issue. Drowsy driving has been proven to be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Toyota, together with the Huffington Post and Uber, has come up with a solution. Ariana Huffington, co-editor of the Huffington Post, will be touring colleges all across the United States in April in support of her new book The Sleep Revolution. At each event, a coupon for $15 off an Uber ride to or from campus will be available for students.
Ariana Huffington will be at the University of Michigan at an as-yet-unannounced date. Find more information here!
The “wow” factor of technology sometimes makes us a little too forgiving of its limitations. For example, you are driving down the road and you’d like to eat somewhere. Using your hands-free Bluetooth connection, you ask for nearby restaurants.
The results give you restaurants for which you don’t have a preference and have never eaten at. And you are given restaurants that are behind you. In other words, the results are imprecise. So you often times have to continue engaging with the technology to get what you want.
Toyota Connected is the name for a brand new collaboration between Toyota and Microsoft, two companies who often find themselves putting their heads together on various projects. The mission of the new collaboration is to tackle these types of problem in modern tech.
The theory goes that if technology is more precise, the less we will need to interact with it. Zack Hicks, who was recently made CEO of Toyota Connected, spoke of the new project, saying “It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity.”
While we wait for Toyota Connected technology, come see the myriad of technology that our current Toyota models have to offer at Page Toyota!