Canada is lucky to have a wealth of wonderful road trip
destinations, from Quebec City’s historical charm to the outdoor adventures
Alberta and BC have to offer. For many Canadians, the summer has been about
exploring what our great country has to offer – until now.
According to a recent survey completed by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada, 47 percent of Canadians stated that an increase in fuel prices have caused them to put off their summer road trip this year. 27 percent of Canadians are even thinking of cancelling existing road trip plans to avoid having to pay extra at the pump.
Despite these high gas prices, though, many are hoping to
get their Canadian road trip plans back on track, at least in the future.
Toyota Canada Inc. noted that a record 16.7 percent of its total sales in April
were for electrified vehicles, including the all-new RAV4 Hybrid. This is a
sign that, rather than hoping that the gas prices will decrease in the future,
Canadians are instead going green, reducing their carbon footprint while saving
money at the gas pump.
This is good news, since Toyota is planning to expand its
hybrid and electric lineup even more. Currently, the Japanese carmaker’s green
lineup includes the RAV4 Hybrid, Prius Prime, Corolla Hybrid, and Mirai hydrogen-powered
High River Toyota is looking forward to having these eco-friendly models in stock for you. For now, we carry current hybrid Toyota offerings. Check out our inventory online.
The number of collisions caused by distracted driving is increasing every year. Because distracted driving has become such a large issue, all 10 provinces in Canada have some form of cell phone/distracted driving legislation. In Alberta, that includes a fine of $287 and 3 demerits on your licence. Here, we look at some tips for safe driving that will help reduce distractions.
Put Your Phone Away
Texting and making phone calls when driving is dangerous. To avoid the temptation to do so, consider putting your phone in your glove box or centre console storage. That way, even if you get a message on the go, you won’t even know you have.
Don’t Eat While on the Road
Eating snacks while you’re driving might seem like a good idea – especially on long road trips – but it can pull your eyes away from the road ahead. If you’re hungry, consider parking in a parking lot or, better yet, taking an hour’s break from your drive and sit in at a local restaurant.
Set Your GPS Before You Leave
Fiddling with your navigation system when your car is moving is as dangerous as sending a text. Enter your destination into the system before you leave or pull over to do so.
Turn Down Your Music
There’s nothing more enjoyable than rolling the windows down and blasting some tunes when the weather’s nice. This can qualify as distracted driving, though, and make hearing emergency sirens difficult. Consider turning the music down to ensure you’re not distracted by your favourite song while behind the wheel.