How to Pack Light for a Spring or Summer Road Trip in Your Toyota

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With the weather improving here in High River, you might be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors and see more of Canada. One way to do so is by taking a road trip in your Toyota! Our team at High River Toyota put together these tips for packing light for your next journey.

1. Leave Some Bathroom Items at Home

If you’re planning on staying in a hotel during your trip, there’s a high chance that you will find complimentary items like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion in your room. Rather than bulking up your bathroom bag, skip some of these items and others that you don’t absolutely need on the road.

2. Try the 1-2-3-4-5-6 Rule

If you’re going on a shorter trip, the editors at REI.com recommend the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule, which suggests bringing 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 5 pairs of socks, and 6 pairs of underwear (plus a bra for those who wear one). While this requires you to wear some items more than once, it allows freedom to not lug around a large suitcase wherever you go.

3. Ditch the portable tech

Let’s face it; you’re not going on a road trip to stare at your laptop or portable gaming console, right? You want to enjoy the world around you and remove yourself from the internet for a bit. Rather than relying on all of that tech, only bring the essentials (like your smartphone, charger, and small headphones) to keep it simple.

These are just a few tips for packing light on your next road trip. Let us know if you have any additional tips when you stop by and see us!

Get the Best Deal on Tires with the Toyota Price Match Promise

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When it comes time to buy a new set of tires for your Toyota, you want to be confident that you’re getting the best value for your dollar. High River Toyota offers that assurance you crave with the Toyota Price Match Promise.[1]

Simply put, the Toyota Price Match Promise is that if you find tires at a better price anywhere, High River Toyota will match that price. Yes, it is that simple. This way, you can always drive out of High River Toyota knowing that you paid the best price available anywhere in Canada for your tires.

Better still, the Toyota Price Match Promise applies to some of the best and most popular brands available today. Names like Firestone, Goodyear, Continental, and Yokohama — all qualify for price-matching.

Buying new tires isn’t always the most desirable or exciting part of vehicle ownership, but High River Toyota and the Toyota Price Match Promise make it easier buy guaranteeing the best bang for your buck. And you’ll always receive the highest quality service when you bring your Toyota in for rotations, balancing, inflation, and other tire maintenance tasks.

Shop confidently at High River Toyota thanks to the Toyota Price Match Promise. And if you’re on the market for a new Toyota, be sure to check out our selection and visit our showroom in High River, Alberta.

[1] Should you find a lower Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote on tires within thirty (30) days before or after the purchase of qualifying tires from a participating Canadian Toyota Dealer, present the Toyota dealer where you purchased or intend to purchase qualifying tires with proof of the Canadian advertised price or Canadian internet quote. They will verify the price and that the item is in stock and available for immediate sale and delivery, and then match the lower price. Canadian advertised or Canadian internet quotes are eligible from local tire retailers only within an 80km radius of your dealership’s location. “Price Match” DOES NOT apply to advertising errors or misprints, sale pricing, Boxing Day prices, special educational prices, restricted offers, mail order offers, competitor rebates, coupons, premiums, free or bonus offers, limited or minimum quantity or limited time offers, close-outs, liquidations, clearances, financing offers and 3 for 1 offers. Offer does not apply to advertised prices or internet quotes from outside Canada, online retailers, liquidators, commercial or fleet accounts, clearance houses or other sellers that do not install tires do not qualify. Handwritten or verbal estimates/quotes will not be considered. Subject to stock availability. The advertised item must be an in-stock brand sold by the Toyota Tire Centre and be the same size, model, sidewall, speed and load rating. Qualifying tires must be purchased and installed at a participating Toyota dealer in Canada. Price Match Promise does not apply to costs associated with labour, valve stems, mounting/balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Offer valid on the following tire brands: MICHELIN, BFGOODRICH, UNIROYAL, BRIDGESTONE, FIRESTONE, GOODYEAR, DUNLOP, KELLY, CONTINENTAL, GENERAL, PIRELLI, YOKOHAMA, TOYO, GISLAVED, HANKOOK, LAUFENN and FALKEN. Offer subject to change or cancellation without notice.

How to Transport a Paddleboard on Your Car

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Paddleboarding is an amazing way to relax on the water and explore new places. But before you can get your board on the water, you need to bring it there — and loading a non-inflatable paddleboard onto a car can be a tricky job.

With a Roof Rack

The best way to transport a paddleboard is with SUP-specific rack mounted on your vehicle’s crossbars. There are many paddleboard-compatible racks on the market, including some that enable you to carry more than one. For safe transport, make sure to read directions closely.

Without a Roof Rack

It’s possible to transport a paddleboard without a rack or even without crossbars. In the former case, you can tie the paddleboard directly to the crossbars, but you’ll need to add padding to ensure the bars don’t damage the board. If your car has a smooth roof, then you can consider investing in a soft inflatable roof rack, such as one made of foam.

In a Truck

If you drive a truck, your paddleboard likely extends past the length of the bed. Put padding over the tailgate and then tie the board down as close to the tailgate as possible using side rails or your truck’s tie-down mounts. If the paddleboard extends past the tailgate by more than a few feet, you should hang a red or orange flag from the board. It may be required by law.

At High River Toyota, you can buy genuine Toyota parts and accessories that make it easier to mount paddleboards as well as other equipment. Visit our website or our store in High River, Alberta, for a closer look!

Tips for Easter Dinner and Your Toyota

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Easter is just around the corner and other than spending time with family, one of the most enjoyable traditions is eating a delicious meal. If you plan on traveling somewhere with food in the car, we’ve put together these tips for transporting Easter dinner in your Toyota.

Slow Cooker Travel Tips

A slow cooker, like the Crockpot™, is helpful for cooking a large, delicious meal. But when you transport one of these that is full of hot food, the lid can become loose and cause its contents to spill in your car. First, try finding a slow cooker with a locking lid. If you don’t have a locking lid, try wrapping the slow cooker in towels and wedge it in place between the front- and second-row seats on the floor.

Hot Casserole Travel Tips

A casserole dish can have a similar issue as a crock-pot when it comes to loose lids. However, most casserole dishes are less soup-y and can withstand a few tiny bumps in the road. But to help keep it hot on the way to your destination, place it in an insulated bag or wrap it in towels to keep the heat in as much as possible.

Cold Food Travel Tips

For short trips, transporting cold food is a breeze; just keep the lid on and try to avoid blasting the heat in your car. But if you’re traveling further than a 10-minute drive, consider placing the cold food item container on ice in a cooler to keep it fresh.

Here at High River Toyota, we wish you a Happy Easter and hope you stay safe during all of your traveling.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaways in Alberta

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to hop in your Toyota and take your partner on a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. Need a few ideas? Here are some great destinations to consider.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Kananaskis Nordic Spa boasts beautiful mountain views and an array of pools, saunas, and steam rooms where you and your sweetie can soak away your cares. Located less than 2 hours from High River, it’s close enough for a day trip, or you could make a full weekend of it with a room at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and a ski date on one of the nearby slopes.

Lake Louise

If you and your partner love ice skating, drive up to Banff National Park and enjoy a day on Lake Louise, which transforms into an enormous, beautiful rink every winter. Afterward, you can relax at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy lovely mountain views, delicious food and drinks, and luxurious accommodations.

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch in Red Deer is an incredible spot for a memorable date night. Along with high-end dining at the on-site restaurant, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides on the scenic ranch grounds, then retreat afterward to a romantic suite at the nearby Cambridge Red Deer Hotel.  

Wherever you decide to go this Valentine’s Day, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready by scheduling a service appointment here at High River Toyota!

Build Safe Driving Habits with These New Year’s Resolutions

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Cultivating safe driving habits is a great way to protect yourself and everyone else around you in High River, Alberta. Whether you’re already doing great or need a refresher, these New Year’s resolutions for the road will keep you focused heading into 2022.

Don’t drive distracted

This is a really important one. Put your phone away when you drive — reading or sending that text isn’t worth the risk of a serious collision. It’s also a good idea to reduce other distractions, like talking to passengers or interacting with your navigation system.

Stick to the speed limit

Driving over the speed limit puts you at greater risk for a crash, so slow down — and leave a little earlier to give yourself more time to travel. As a secondary benefit, sticking to the posted speed limit can also help you save money on gas.

Keep up with service

Keeping up with vehicle service should be one of your highest-priority New Year’s resolutions. Regular oil changes and tire rotations will help your vehicle last longer — and operate more safely, too.

Ready to start 2022 the right way? Our service team here at High River Toyota is ready and waiting to help you get caught up on maintenance and more.

Tune Into This Fall Service Checklist For Your Toyota

Keeping your Toyota vehicle on the road for many years means there are certain things you must do as an owner. One of these things is maintaining a schedule for tune-ups and needed repairs. Now that we’ve entered a new season, here’s a fall service checklist to help you stay on track.

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Inspect the tires

Before getting behind the wheel, be sure to carefully inspect your car’s tires for signs of wear. This includes bulges or cracks, which could cause a flat or complete blowout. The tread, which helps with efficiency, should also be checked. If you notice any issues with the tires, contact our service team to advise you on the next steps.

Check fluid levels

You’ll want to check the owner’s manual, but needed oil changes typically align with the changing of the seasons. While you’re looking under the hood, check other vital vehicle fluids like coolant, transmission, brake, and windshield wiper fluid. Not sure what’s going on under there? Give us a call to schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of it for you.

Replace the blades

Fall in Alberta means the occasional rain shower and eventual snow when winter arrives. Get ahead of bad weather and stay safe by replacing your car’s windshield wipers, if necessary. Signs that your vehicle needs new ones include tears, cracks, or warped blades.

These are just a few things to check on your Toyota this fall. If you think your vehicle needs additional servicing, schedule an appointment with our team at High River Toyota.

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Focuses on the Next Generation

Toyota has always been at the forefront of producing family-oriented vehicles. But after this past year, the brand looked to the children of Canada to see an even brighter, safer future. Thanks to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, nine children were recently recognized for creating new vehicles that they believe will help the world be a better place.

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“Over the years, the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest has evolved from an art competition to an opportunity for children to bring forward their world-changing ideas,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO of Toyota Canada and one of this year’s Canadian judges. “I’m truly impressed by their ideas — from making our planet more sustainable, to fighting virus and bacteria, to making the world more inclusive through physical accessibility.”

Many young Canadians shared their versions of a “dream car.” Three finalists were chosen from the three different age groups — each offering incredible inspiration and creativity. From a car that protects polar bears from global warming to a flying vehicle that purifies the air, the entries were truly amazing.

As a company that’s continuously looking to the future, Toyota knows how important it is to invest in the youth of Canada. After all, they are our soon-to-be engineers, artists, doctors, and maybe even car designers. Our team at High River Toyota is very impressed with the skills and thought these children put forth in their entries and we look forward to next year’s contest.

Toyota Looks to the Future With All-Electric SUV Concept

For many years, Toyota has been and remains a leader in the world of electric vehicles. Aligning with its goal of achieving carbon-neutral through its technology and vehicles, the brand recently debuted the Toyota bZ4X Concept. The all-electric SUV concept is a major step forward for Toyota and joins a large existing lineup of electric vehicles.

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“The Toyota bZ4X concept points to yet another option in our already robust electrified portfolio,” said Bob Carter, TMNA executive vice president of sales. “At Toyota, we are a human-centered company – the customer is our CEO and will ultimately decide which technologies will carry us toward a carbon-neutral future. With investments and product offerings across the spectrum of electrification, we intend to be there with products and technologies that meet the diverse needs of customers around the world.”

The new concept will sit under the “Toyota bZ” (or “Beyond Zero”) brand umbrella. The idea of “Beyond Zero” comes from Toyota’s commitment to creating 15 BEVs by 2025. The bZ4X is a joint venture with Subaru and was built on the new e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform, which utilizes various battery units and motors for optimal efficiency.

While the Toyota bZ4X likely won’t go on sale until at least the middle of 2022, our team at High River Toyota is very excited to see this development in the works. If you’re interested in test-driving an electric or hybrid vehicle to see what the buzz is about, contact our team.

Upgrade Your Ride with These Toyota Truck Accessories

Do you want to go the extra step to make your Toyota pickup truck truly yours? Then you should consider some of these fantastic Toyota truck accessories. Whether you’re behind the wheel of the Toyota Tacoma or the Toyota Tundra, you can add these parts to make the truck even better for your needs.

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Enhance Your Truck Bed

When you own a truck, your truck’s bed is a handy tool to have for both work and play. To make it even easier to use, you should consider outfitting it for your needs. For both the Tacoma and the Tundra, you can opt for a bed divider to help organize your gear, extra bed lighting to make it easier to see your cargo in the dark, and a bed mat to help protect it. Other features like bed cleats, d-rings, and a bed extender will help make it easier to secure your items on the go. And, if you’re driving a Tundra, you can even opt for a power tailgate lock for quick hands-free access.

Interior Extras

Just because your Toyota truck is a workhorse doesn’t mean you can’t enhance the interior to increase comfort and confidence on the go. The available all-season floor mats will help protect your carpets, even when High River’s winter weather takes a toll. When you need to haul the kids around town, the universal tablet holder will ensure they stay entertained on the go. For more ideas on how to improve your Toyota truck’s functionality and convenience, contact us at High River Toyota.