Looking to save money in 2022? Car expenses are a great place to start. Reining in fuel costs, keeping up with maintenance, and choosing the right insurance coverage can put dollars back in your pocket for the new year.
Save on gas
To save money on fill-ups in 2022, start by sharpening your driving habits. Gentle acceleration, gradual braking, and sticking to the speed limit will improve your vehicle’s fuel consumption. You can also reduce your fuel costs by keeping your tires properly inflated, reducing idling, cutting down on unnecessary trips, and carpooling to work in High River, Alberta.
Save on insurance
The arrival of a new year is an excellent opportunity to revisit your auto insurance costs. Review your policy to make sure you’re not paying for too much coverage — or not enough. You may also want to inquire about potential discounts offered by your insurer. It’s also a good idea to compare rates and see if you can get a better deal from a different insurer.
Save on service
Keeping up with the maintenance your vehicle needs is one of the best ways to cut costs over the long term. Read your owner’s manual and stick to the schedule it recommends for oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and other service. This will help your vehicle last longer and operate more efficiently, and it’s also a great way to prevent unexpected — and expensive — breakdowns.
Here at High River Toyota, we want your new year to be a great one. Contact us to catch up on service for your current vehicle — or to start your 2022 with an efficient new Toyota sedan or SUV.
Now that the season has changed, you may be itching to get out on the road for a scenic drive. To help you stay safe during your fall drives in Alberta, our team at High River Toyota has put together some useful tips.
Watch out for animals and pedestrians
With the weather changing and getting cooler, more people — and animals — are likely to be out in nature. Be sure to keep an eye out for people walking or cycling alongside the roads, especially as the sun starts to go down and visibility gets worse. Watch out for animal crossing signs as well, as deer and other fauna may be looking for shelter.
Be aware of slippery leaves
As beautiful as they are when they fall from trees, brightly coloured leaves can be quite dangerous if they are on the road. In fact, when they hit the pavement, leaves can be just as scary as driving on icy or especially wet roadways. If you see a large pile ahead, slow down and approach with caution.
Adjust your eyes to the dark
It starts to get darker earlier in the day during fall and winter. As a result, your eyes may not be ready to drive when you get behind the wheel for an evening cruise. Instead of hopping in your Toyota and instantly pressing on the gas, sit in the driver’s seat for a bit and let your eyes adjust to the setting sun.
With these tips in mind, it should be a breeze for you and your passengers to stay safe during your scenic drives. If your vehicle needs any maintenance or repairs before you start traveling, don’t hesitate to contact our team at High River Toyota for assistance.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.