Here in High River, Alberta, there’s no shortage of regional kayaking opportunities — including nearby spots like Bow River and, a little further out, Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. With a few simple tools and tips, you’ll soon be ready to load your kayak atop your Toyota vehicle and head out on an adventure.
Equipment You’ll Need
Before you load a kayak, you’ll need to add crossbars to your roof rack. Most Toyota models offer these as an accessory, and we’ll be glad to install them for you here at High River Toyota. You’ll also want to get rack padding to hold the kayak, a couple of cam straps to tie it to the rack, and ratcheting lines to secure the bow and stern. Depending on the size of your vehicle and boats, you might even be able to add a second rack or stacker bar to carry multiple kayaks.
Loading the Kayak
Once your crossbars and padding are in place, make sure the kayak is parallel to your vehicle and facing forward. With a companion, carefully lift it at both ends, set it down on the rack, and center it. If you’re alone, spread a towel on the back roof, lift the front of the kayak, and place it on top of the towel. From there, you can push the kayak onto the rack.
Securing the Kayak
Loop your cam straps under the crossbar and over the kayak, then buckle and tighten them. The kayak should feel snugly secured — not too tight or too loose. Then, using safe tie-down points on the kayak and your Toyota, carefully install the bow and stern lines. On your way there and back, stop every once in a while to make sure the kayak is still in place.
Have any questions about accessories or safety for outdoor adventures in your Toyota? Contact the experts here at High River Toyota.
Spring has sprung, so it’s time to start the warmer weather out on the right foot. So, why not give your car a good spring cleaning? Here are some tips to help you get your car clean for spring drives in High River, AB.
Give the exterior some love. From salt to hail to general winter grime, your car’s exterior has undergone a beating during the winter. One of the big ways you can spring clean your car is to clean its exterior. This can help reduce the damage winter can do to your vehicle over time, reducing the likelihood of rust and more.
Don’t forget the car’s undercarriage. Over the winter, salt can sit on the bottom of your car. This can cause it to rust down the road, so while you’re spring cleaning your car, make sure you give the undercarriage a thorough cleaning, too.
Tidy up your interior. Trash can gather over the winter, especially when it’s too cold to clean out your vehicle regularly. Gather any rubbish that’s littering your cabin, then give it a thorough vacuuming. Also, don’t forget to take out your floor mats and clean them as well, using a carpet cleaner if you have carpet or warm, soapy water for rubber mats.
Spring is right around the corner in High River, AB, which means it’s time to start thinking about spring service for your car. Make sure you schedule a service appointment with High River Toyota today, and start thinking about your spring car maintenance checklist.
Get new oil and oil filter
Oil changes are part of your vehicle’s regular maintenance, so now is the time to get your vehicle’s oil changed. Bring your car into High River Toyota, and we’ll be happy to change it for you.
Change out your windshield wipers
Cold temperatures and ice can cause your windshield wipers to crack and wear. Change your windshield wipers when spring arrives, so they’re in tiptop condition as the rain grows heavier.
Check your filters
There are a range of filters used throughout your vehicle, from your engine air filter to your cabin air filter and beyond. Make sure these are all clean, check for damage, and replace them if you need to.
Keep an eye on your tires
Your tires are what help your vehicle stay on the road. As the temperature changes, so will your tire pressure. You should check the pressure of your tires, and make sure it’s within the recommended range. Also, make sure your tires aren’t wearing down too quickly or unevenly. High River Toyota wishes you a happy and safe spring as you explore more of Alberta in your Toyota. And remember to call us to schedule a seasonal service appointment if you haven’t done so already.
Your car battery needs to be replaced every three to five years, and a great way to make sure you’re never stranded is to stay on top of its condition. With regular testing, you can be confident that your car battery has the juice you need to keep moving.
How to test your car battery at home
In order to conduct a proper test, you’ll need a car battery tester, which you could buy for as little as $10 depending on where you look.
You don’t want to test the battery after you’ve driven because it can be hot under the hood. Testing when it’s been a few days since the last time you drove will also give you a more accurate idea of how much it retains a charge.
When you find the battery, connect the tester by clipping the red to the positive and the black to the negative terminal. Turn on the tester and set it to check the voltage and cold cranking amps. The former should read 12.6 volts or higher and the latter will be close to the number found on the battery casing. If these numbers are too low, you are likely coming due for a battery replacement. If you’d rather leave the work to professionals, the service experts at High River Toyota near Calgary, AB, can test your battery for you when you stop in for routine maintenance. Have concerns about your battery? Give us a call or schedule an appointment online and we’ll help make sure you’ve got all the power you’ll need.
Spring has sprung once again, which means it’s time to consider bringing your vehicle into High River Toyota for seasonal maintenance. One service you may want to consider this spring is a new set of windshield wipers — especially if you’ve noticed any signs that they may be due for replacement.
A surefire sign that you’re due for new windshield wipers is the rubber being in poor shape. The rubber part of your wiper blades should be in good condition, and any cracking or brittleness means that the blade won’t be as effective on rainy spring drives.
Not quite music to your ears
If you’re using your wiper blades to improve your visibility in a light rain, you may hear some squeaking. But if squeaking or dragging sounds are persistent in all conditions, it probably means your blades aren’t doing what they should.
Streaks and missed spots
When your windshield wiper blades are in good shape, they’ll leave a clear and clean path in their wake. A blade that either doesn’t clear away all the water or leaves behind smudges likely needs to be replaced.
Winter driving can be precarious, especially when the snow begins to accumulate throughout Alberta. If you’re wondering how you can stay safer during these chilly months, consider keeping these winter driving safety tips in mind.
Keep a light touch on your brakes
Slamming on your brakes when roads are slick can cause a number of things to happen — including a skid. If you find yourself needing to stop quickly, remember to pump your brakes to help you stop without sliding.
Know your skids and how to get out of them
No matter how good you are at winter driving, you still may find yourself skidding on icy roads. If your front wheels have lost traction, simply ease off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you want to go and don’t touch any of the pedals.
If you find yourself in a rear-wheel skid, you’ll want to turn your steering wheel into the direction the rear of the vehicle is moving, allowing your vehicle to straighten out. Once again, try not to use the pedals until you’re out of the skid.
Space yourself out from other vehicles
Increase your following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you’ll have time to stop in case anything happens with the vehicle in front of you.
Ensure you have good visibility
Before you head out, clear off your vehicle’s windows, hood, taillights, and headlights. This will help you see while driving. Be sure to clear off as much of the roof as possible so that you don’t send sheets of snow or ice at the vehicle behind you when driving.
Here at High River Toyota, we know it can be stressful to drive through our harsh Canadian winters. But with these tips, we hope you’ll have a safe experience on every journey.
Are you stumped when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the Toyota lover in your life? Never fear — High River Toyota has just what you need. To help make your search easier, we’ve put together a list of last-minute gifts for people who love Toyota.
If your family or friend really loves Toyota, why not let them rep the brand on their clothing? Toyota has a range of clothing options, including jackets, polo shirts, and hats, that have the Toyota logo on them, making the ideal gift.
Make sure your gift recipient is prepared, no matter what adventure they head out on, with a Toyota tool or other convenience gift. For instance, you can opt for a multi-tool to keep in the car or a small first-aid kit. You can even purchase a Toyota umbrella to keep in the vehicle for those unexpectedly rainy days.
Whether you have an avid golfer in your life, someone who enjoys hockey, or a hiker, there’s plenty of sports-related Toyota paraphernalia for you to choose from while shopping for gifts. Toyota sells branded golf balls, hockey pucks, and much more.
Whether you’re looking for gifts, in need of service, or seeking out a new ride, High River Toyota is the best destination for all your Toyota needs in High River, Alberta.
Car seats help keep your children safe while in the car. When you’re a new parent and are unfamiliar with car seats, it can be difficult to know if you’re using your child’s car seat correctly. To help keep your kids safe, make sure you keep these common car seat safety mistakes in mind so you can avoid them.
Installing your car seat incorrectly can happen, as can buckling your child improperly. To ensure you’re using your car seat in the right way, make sure you read both your car seat’s manual and your car’s owner’s manual. There should be no more than 2.5 centimeters of movement from side to side or front to back.
Going forward-facing too soon
Turning the car seat around can feel like a big milestone – but have you turned your child too soon? Riding rear facing is recommended for as long as possible, so make sure your child has reached the highest weight or height restriction that your car seat manufacturer outlines in the user’s guide before rotating them to ride forward-facing.
Forgetting to remove heavy outerwear
It gets cold in Canada. Because of this, kids are usually outfitted in heavy jackets during the winter. But bulky outerwear can actually prevent the car seat harness from securing your child. Make sure you remove any heavy outerwear from your child before buckling them into the car seat, and then cover them with a blanket or coat once the seat is buckled securely.
We have many safe, family-friendly SUVs in stock at High River Toyota, like the 4Runner and RAV4. We’ll show you how to properly secure a child safety seat and what other features these models offer for protection.
Taking care of your tires should be a priority to ensure they last a long time. After all, your car’s tires are what stand between it and the road. If you’re unsure how to properly take care of your tires, our service technicians at High River Toyota recommend following these tire care tips.
Add them to your regular maintenance
Your tires are just as important as getting your brakes checked or your oil changes. In fact, when you get this type of maintenance done, you should also get your tires rotated. Tire rotations will help make sure your tires don’t experience uneven wear, allowing them to last longer.
Clean them periodically
If you need to give your car a good scrub to wipe away dirt, make sure you hit the wheels too. Washing the tires will not only allow you to check that they’re clear of any debris that might cause a puncture, it also gives you a chance to closely look at your tire’s tread to ensure they’re not wearing down too quickly.
Park in the shade
Too much sun can cause the rubber in the tires to dry out. To prevent this from happening, either park in your garage or keep your car in the shade to reduce the chance of your tires cracking.
The roads in High River, Alberta, can be dirty, slippery, and even hazardous, so make sure your car, truck, or SUV’s tires are properly maintained so you’re not stranded with a flat. If your vehicle needs new tires, bring it to the High River Toyota service department, and we can get you a new set.
Like any vehicle, your SUV needs to be cared for so it continues to run smoothly. Whether you’re driving a Toyota Highlander or a Toyota RAV4, there are ways that you can make sure your vehicle stays in tiptop condition. These tips for SUV maintenance are a good place to start.
Keep an eye on your tires. The tires are an important part of your SUV. Check tire pressure regularly, and fill them up if the pressure is above or below the recommended range. Also, keep an eye on your tires’ tread, verifying that they still have the depth to drive safely.
Don’t forget about routine maintenance. Every car needs to have a routine oil change and tire rotation, and your SUV is no exception. Keep up with your SUV’s recommended maintenance schedule, which can be found in your owner’s manual. This will keep it running like new.
Pay attention to your engine. If you’ve been driving your SUV for a while, you know what it’s supposed to sound like. Listen for any obvious changes in your engine’s sounds. Also, if the check engine light comes on, make sure you bring your Toyota in to our service centre at High River Toyota for repairs.
Change out the cabin filter. Your cabin air filter is there to keep the air clean, collecting any pollutants that might be trying to enter your SUV. Make sure you clean or replace it every few months for good air quality in your vehicle.
Give your interior a cleaning. Over time, snack crumbs, sticky hands, and dirty shoes can cause your interior to start looking a bit mucky. Give your cabin a good vacuum and wipe down every now and then to ensure your SUV continues looking like new.
To properly service your SUV on a regular basis, make an appointment with High River Toyota.