How to Prepare Your Toyota for an Alberta Road Trip

When you’re getting ready for a long drive around Alberta, it’s important to think ahead and prepare your car. If you’re stumped on how to do so, we’ve put together these tips on how to prepare your Toyota for an Alberta road trip.

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Check the tires.

Before you head out on your road trip, make sure the tires are in good condition. Check the air pressure and, if it’s not in the manufacturer’s recommended range, add air accordingly.

Also, make sure the tires have a good amount of tread left. To do so, simply place a penny with the Queen’s head facing down into your tire’s tread. If you can see the top of the Queen’s hair, you need to get your tires replaced.

Don’t forget about routine maintenance.

If your car is due for an oil change soon, make sure you take care of it before driving a long distance. You should also make sure the tires are rotated so they wear evenly.

Get the battery inspected.

No one wants to find themselves stranded on the side of the road when they’re supposed to be travelling. Check the battery terminals for corrosion and have the battery’s charge checked, as well.

Fill up the windshield wiper fluid.

Visibility is important whenever you’re driving, so make sure you can clean your windshield at a moment’s notice. Fill up the windshield wiper fluid and make sure the spray mechanism works so you don’t have to worry about visibility.

We at High River Toyota are here to make sure your car is ready for a road trip once it’s safe to travel again, so schedule a service appointment now and be ready to hit the open road later this year.

2021 Toyota Mirai Debuts at Quebec City International Auto Show

Canadians just got an all-new option for going green. During the Québec City International Auto Show last month, Toyota held the all-new 2021 Toyota Mirai debut, which introduced the newest generation of the brand’s hydrogen-powered sport sedan. This is the first time that the new Mirai has made an appearance in Canada.

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The 2021 Mirai is the second generation of the brand’s hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. It offers a dramatic style with a coupe-inspired body that is longer, wider, and lower than the last generation’s model. This allows it to be more aerodynamic for increased efficiency, while still turning heads on the go, highlighting the fact that you can still be stylish while going green.

For the new generation, Toyota has given the Mirai a real-wheel-drive configuration instead of front-wheel drive. That will offer better handling and acceleration, while also providing a quieter ride and increased hydrogen storage. That means this new model is projected to have 30 percent better range than the current Mirai model, especially since it also comes with a new fuel-cell system.

The Mirai is currently on sale in Québec, first introduced to the Canadian market in early 2019. Now, Toyota continues to showcase its hydrogen power in the country in hopes of increasing the eco-friendliness of Canadian roads.

For a fuel-efficient ride like the Mirai or one of many hybrid models, shop at High River Toyota in Alberta.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Earns Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada Title

Toyota is determined on breaking records in the performance vehicle market with the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. That’s why it comes as no surprise that, earlier this year, the 2020 GR Supra earned the title of Best Sports-Performance Car in Canada from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, putting it in the running for the 2020 Canadian Car of the Year trophy.

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“The 2020 Toyota GR Supra is the sports car that enthusiasts were waiting for – with an exhilarating combination of power, precision, and agility wrapped in aggressive coupe styling and enhanced with an impressive list of premium comfort and convenience features and technologies,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc.

To earn the title of Best Sports-Performance Car, the GR Supra beat out its competitors in a comparison that examined the eligible vehicles’ styling, cockpit, entertainment features, cargo, performance, and vehicle dynamics. It beat out the second-place Hyundai Veloster N by a solid 15 points, highlighting its superiority.

The Supra first returned to Canadian showrooms in 2019 after a 20-year hiatus, turning heads with its fully loaded athleticism and breaking records on Track Days. Its aggressive styling helps the GR Supra stand out from other performance vehicles.

We are excited to have the Toyota Supra in stock at High River Toyota. Browse our inventory and take one for a thrilling test drive.

Road Trip Prep Tips to Ready Your Toyota for Adventure

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to start planning for your next big adventure. If you’re thinking about exploring the beauty of Canada this year via road trips, then there are some road trip prep tips that you should keep in mind before you head out.

Road Trip Prep Tips | High River, AB

Check Your Tires

Your tires help keep your car connected with the road, giving you the traction you need on winding Canadian roads. Before you hit the road, make sure the tires are tiptop condition. Check the tread depth using a nickel, inserting the coin with the Queen’s crown facing down. If you can see the top of the crown, then your tire depth is too shallow, and you need to replace them. Also make sure each tire is in your manufacturer’s recommended pressure range.

Fill Up Your Fluids

Make sure your car has all the fluids it needs to function properly. Check the oil levels, top off the washer fluid, and make sure it has the right amount of coolant.

Remember Routine Maintenance

If you’re due an oil change or tire rotation – or will be due one soon –get this task completed before you head out. Bring your car into the High River Toyota service centre. Also, make sure you check the battery to ensure that it is has a full charge. After all, nothing can ruin a road trip quicker than a car that won’t start.

If you need Toyota maintenance to prepare for a summer road trip, contact High River Toyota.

Toyota Canada Foundation Donation Highlights Importance of STEM

Toyota Donates To Importance Of STEM | Calgary, AB

There’s no doubt that children are our future, which is why it should come as no surprise that the Toyota Canada Foundation has decided to invest in the youth of Canada. The Foundation recently announced a $150,000 investment in Let’s Talk Science, a program that helps educate kids across Canada in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

“In a rapidly changing, complex world, it is critical that we ensure all children and youth remain curious, ask questions, and have the skills required to participate, thrive, and lead,” said Bonnie Schmidt, president of Let’s Talk Science. “Toyota recognizes that Let’s Talk Science experiences support talent development required for Canada’s future success.”

The Toyota Canada Foundation donation will help the program continue to provide Canadian youth with access to free, hands-on STEM-based programming in both English and French. It will especially allow the program to engage parts of the population that are currently underrepresented in the STEM field – particularly girls, Indigenous youth, rural and remote youth, and youth with socioeconomic challenges. Doing so is a priority for the Toyota Canada Foundation.

Along with the $150,000 donation, Toyota Canada Foundation also gave a $50,000 investment to help the Let’s Talk Science outreach program expand in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Woodstock, and London, Ontario, making its total donation hit the $200,000 mark.

At High River Toyota, we’re proud that our company supports STEM initiatives. It can only lead to better technology and engineering in the automotive industry’s future. 

Tips for Teaching Your Teen to Drive

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Whether your teen driver is starting off right at 14 with his or her permit or waiting a bit longer to get behind the wheel, good driving habits can go a long way towards giving both of you peace of mind when they’re out on the road. Here are some tips for teaching your teen to drive.

Go through the vehicle. Before your teen even touches the gas pedal, make sure you give him a tour of the vehicle. Show him the basics, including how to adjust the seat for their perfect position, and show him the controls and features of the car.

Pick a safe place to start. It’s important that your teen doesn’t start right away on busy roads. Instead, try to let her get a feel for the vehicle in a location like an empty parking lot. This will allow your teen driver to practice using the gas and brakes, turning, and backing up before there’s the added pressure of traffic.

Build up to the big stuff. Once you’ve practiced a bit in a safe place, don’t immediately go to the highway. Instead, start out in slow, less populated areas, eventually getting to the point of highway driving.

Correct by asking questions. Rather than being forceful with your feedback, in non-emergency situations, try taking a question-asking approach. For instance, instead of saying, “Slow down, you’re going to get a speeding ticket!” simply ask, “What’s the speed limit here?” This will help your teen become more aware of surroundings and stay relaxed behind the wheel.

If you’re looking for a car to keep your teen safe on the roads, come talk to us at High River Toyota to learn more about our inventory.

Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

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Over the past decade, cars have taken giant steps toward fully autonomous driving. Toyota is looking to take this one step further with the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. This concept vehicle, displayed at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, looks to create an emotional bond between car and driver.

The LQ is a concept car that offers automated driving options, and it also comes with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent. Yui is designed to learn from the driver’s habits, allowing it to deliver a tailored driving experience.

Yui will engage with the driver through interactive voice communications, ambient lightning, air conditioning, fragrances, and in-seat functions that look to reduce stress and increase alertness. This AI will can even play the music you want based on driving environment, while also providing you with real-time information on topics you’re interested in while you’re travelling.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

Along with the advanced human-to-machine interactions that Yui will provide, the LQ concept car will also offer a range of advanced automated driving technologies. This includes an Automated Valet Parking System, which will drive itself between a drop-off spot and an assigned parking space in a nearby parking lot.

Toyota continues to push innovations in safety and autonomous systems. See the current systems available in the 2020 lineup at High River Toyota.

Why Are Winter Tires Important?

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Driving on winter roads in Alberta can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to consider switching your all-season tires out for winter ones. Whether you’re battling black ice or heavy snowfall, winter tires are made to help provide you the traction you need, when you need it. These are some reasons why you should make the switch as the weather gets colder.

 A special rubber compound. As the winter temperatures drop, all-season or summer tires will stiffen, reducing the likelihood that they will provide good traction. Winter tires use a specific rubber compound that allows the tire to stay flexible, giving it the chance to grip the road better.

Different tread depth and patterns. Winter tires use a combination of deeper treads and unique tread patterns to increase traction. Deep treads reduce snow buildup, therefore increasing the tire’s traction on the snow. The special tread patterns are created to channel snow and slush, while also expelling water.

More biting edges. On the edge of the tires, you will notice tiny ridges. These are known as biting edges. Winter tires increase the number of biting edges on the tires, helping to provide traction on slick ice.

If you’re still unsure if winter tires are important in you live in the Alberta area, talk with our service experts at High River Toyota. They can answer your questions and equip a set of tires on your car.

2020 Toyota Lineup Updates Show Eco-Friendly and Trendy Side

2020 Toyota Lineup | Calgary, AB

The New Year is almost upon us, which means car brands around the world are introducing their newest models — and Toyota is no exception. From an increase in eco-friendly models to more vehicle options, these are some 2020 Toyota lineup updates you can expect this year.

An Eco-Friendly Corolla

For the 2020 model year, you will have more Toyota hybrid options than ever before. That’s because the world’s most popular sedan — the Toyota Corolla — is now available as a hybrid model. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid combines an electric motor with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine to offer 121 horsepower and a 4.5 L/100 km combined fuel-efficiency rating.*

The Super Supra

After being discontinued 16 years ago, one of Toyota’s most beloved performance options is back. The brand reintroduced the Supra to its lineup, offering state-of-the-art features and technologies in a sporty package. This vehicle comes with a front-mounted 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, providing you with the power you expect from a performance-oriented ride.

Going dark

Select models in the 2020 Toyota lineup are now available as Nightshade Editions. This special-edition model offers dark interior and exterior accents to add an intimidating look to Toyota vehicles. The models that this is offered on include the Corolla, 4Runner, Highlander, and Sienna.

See the entire 2020 Toyota lineup at High River Toyota.

*Fuel efficiency estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada/Transport Canada Test Methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors.

How to Practice Defensive Driving

When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important that you follow the rules of the road. You should also drive defensively, which means anticipating potential hazards. But how do you practice defensive driving? These tips should help you become a better defensive driver.

Stay alert and avoid distractions. To drive defensively, you need to be aware of your surroundings. That means you shouldn’t drive when you’re not alert, so avoid any possible distractions. This includes your phone, radio, or eating while driving.

Keep a safe following distance. You need plenty of space between you and the car in front of you so you can stop with enough space to avoid a collision. Consider following the three-second rule. It should take you at least three seconds to catch up with them if they come to a full stop. Increase this time to six seconds if it’s nighttime or if there’s bad weather.

Drive at a safe speed. Speed limits exist to keep you safe. Staying within this range will allow you to anticipate potential hazards easily.

Check your mirrors. Being aware of your surroundings is imperative to defensive driving. Continually check your mirrors so you know where pedestrians, other vehicles, and other obstacles are at all times.

The vehicles at High River Toyota have many safety tools installed to help you become a safer driver.