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.
There many decisions that you need to make when buying a new car. In Alberta, one of the biggest choices is whether you need front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive on your new vehicle. This comparison will define each drive system option, explain their benefits, and help you pick which option is ideal for traveling through the High River area.
All-wheel drive (AWD) sends the power from the engine to every wheel of your vehicle. Because of this, your wheels will compensate if one loses traction, allowing your vehicle to better grip slippery roads. There are a wide range of AWD systems to choose from and, luckily, many Toyota vehicles come equipped with varying versions of them. AWD isn’t only an option on SUVs; the 2020 and 2021 Camry are available with all-wheel drive, too.
As you might guess from its name, front-wheel drive (FWD) sends power to the two front wheels. It’s a simpler system than AWD, which means it’s easier to maintain and tends to be more fuel efficient. FWD gives you solid traction when climbing hills and in rainy conditions, while additional features like anti-lock braking and traction control make them good in the snow as well.
As you can see, there are benefits to both AWD and FWD. It all depends on where you want to go in your new vehicle. Contact our team at High River Toyota to find out which vehicle is right for you.
Frigid, icy, snowy, harsh – these are all words that can describe winter in High River. Just because Alberta winters are harsh doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm in your Toyota during the cold months. These Toyota heating accessories will help you stay cozy throughout the winter season no matter how low the temperature dips.
Cut down on the time it takes to warm up your vehicle with a block heater. With this tool, you simply attach it to your vehicle so the engine and the motor oil pre-heat before you start your car. Not only will it let you heat your vehicle faster, it will also protect your engine from working too hard, keeping it from wearing down.
Avoid that annoying window ice and fog that covers the windshield when you’re preheating your Toyota with the cabin heater. This warmer can be mounted in your Toyota vehicle’s cabin, lowering the heating system’s energy output to save on electricity. It allows warm air to build up inside the cabin, combating the ice and snow that build up on the glass.
Getting stuck with a dead batter in the dead of winter isn’t fun. A trickle charger is designed to keep an optimal charge level in your 12-volt vehicle battery, extending its life and making sure your battery has the ideal charge at any time.
If you want any of these accessories for winter in Alberta, contact High River Toyota. We can order and install them for you right away.
Snow and ice are prevalent in High River every winter, and with these come plenty of road salt. While road salt is a friend to drivers, it can really do a number on your vehicle, since it can cause it to rust over time. Here’s how you can protect your Toyota from salt rust in High River this year.
Protect your exterior. Before it gets too cold, give your vehicle a wax and polishing to protect the paintwork. You can even go a step further and get your vehicle sprayed underneath with a protective coating.
Clean it regularly. While heading out into the cold with a bucket and sponge isn’t exactly practical in the winter, you should still make sure that you’re regularly cleaning your vehicle. Budget for regular trips to the drive-thru car wash when there’s salt on the road so that it doesn’t have time to sit on your vehicle’s undercarriage and exterior. This will help prevent rust in the future.
Avoid street parking. The streets are where all the salt is laid – and where salt trucks regularly frequent – so try to avoid parking there if you can. Instead, park in a driveway or garage to reduce your vehicle’s exposure to salt.
Get your vehicle inspected regularly. If you’re worried that your Toyota is starting to rust, bring it in to High River Toyota for a rust inspection. Our expert technicians can see where rust is forming beneath the surface and give you advice on how you can slow its development or stop it completely.
The best way to prepare your vehicle for winter is to have it serviced at High River Toyota. An oil change, heat system checkup, and winter tire installation are musts for cold weather.
Automotive insurance is mandatory in Canada, no matter what province you live in. That being said, the level of coverage that is mandatory varies greatly depending on your location. To help you better understand how to properly insure your Toyota, we’ve put together some tips for you.
Understand the types of car insurance
There are three types of car insurance that you should be aware of.
The first is third-party liability insurance, which is compulsory in Canada. It covers any damage to any other party’s property that’s your own fault.
Collision insurance is the second type, covering damage to your own car if an accident is your fault.
The final type of insurance is comprehensive insurance, which protects against theft and vandalism when you’re not driving.
Research before you buy
Look at the rates and offers of various insurance companies to make sure you’re getting the best rate. If you are unsure, enlist the help of an insurance broker to get the best deal possible.
Have the right documents
If you’re looking for the best way to insure your Toyota in Alberta, make sure you have the right documents when you research. This means keeping the following close at hand:
Name and address
Current insurance company and policy number
Traffic violations within the last three years, not including parking tickets
Previous claims filed in the last eight years
Vehicle make, model, and year
Being able to provide this data will give you a more accurate picture of insurance requirements and premium estimates. After you’ve purchased or leased a car from High River Toyota, we want to make sure you have enough coverage to cover your investment if it were to be damaged. It’s another way we at High River Toyota care about our customers.
Toyota has decided to shake up the crossover segment with its newest model: the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime. This crossover SUV is the first plug-in hybrid crossover option from Toyota, offering you a sporty performance, advanced technology, and premium appointments that will make your daily drive much easier.
The RAV4 Prime combines power and efficiency to make it a solid option for driving around Alberta. This eco-friendly crossover can put out a total 302 horsepower, while still boasting a total range of almost 1,000 km. That means a single charge can easily get you through your commute – likely for a few days.
Along with its impressive range, the RAV4 Prime also offers on-demand all-wheel drive during rough Canadian winters, and it even has a towing capacity of 1,134 kg.
Inside, this hybrid crossover is designed for families, prioritizing advanced safety features via the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite. You can even easily stay connected on the go with a display audio system that provides you with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.
If you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, stop into High River Toyota. We’ll show you it and Toyota’s other hybrid and plug-in electric models we have in stock.
The Toyota Camry is turning 37 – and this year might be its best yet. Toyota recently introduced the 2021 Toyota Camry, offering ground-breaking driver-assistance technologies, new styling, and even more trim options.
For the 2021 model year, the Camry will come with a newly restyled front end. It will have a more defined lower intake area, while the SE and XSE grades will flaunt a honeycomb-style grille and side vent inserts. The 2021 Camry will also come available as a new, eco-friendly trim: the XSE Hybrid.
Along with more trim configurations and a new look, the 2021 Camry will now offer the all-new Toyota Safety Sense® 2.5+ package – and is the first Toyota to do so. This suite of safety technologies offers enhanced features beyond the prior package, including the addition of intersection support for the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, so that the system can detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian when turning left. The 2021 Camry will also come standard with Rear Seat Reminder and Automatic High Beams.
Other updates for this Toyota sedan include floating seven- and nine-inch touch screen displays, luxurious herringbone pattern seats on the XLE trim, a revised interior design, and new exterior colours.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Toyota Camry, which is just one of the many sedan options in the Toyota lineup we have in stock, visit High River Toyota.
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.
There are few cars that can offer you a better, more affordable driving experience than the 2021 Toyota GR Supra. Toyota is offering this performance-oriented car in three trim levels at competitive prices, making it possible to get track-honed power without sacrificing your budget.
For the 2021 model year, the GR Supra 3.0’s engine has undergone a rebuild with its engineers adding a new piston design and a dual-branch exhaust manifold. With these enhancements, this turbocharged engine will put out up to 382 horsepower – an increase from last year’s 335 horsepower. It is also expected to lower the Supra’s 0-96 km/h time to 3.9 seconds. Toyota has also retuned the GR Supra 3.0 handling, allowing it to take on corners tighter and with more control.
Joining the Supra 3.0 this year will be the GR Supra 2.0. This all-new model is the entry-level option, giving you an option between the Toyota 86 and the GR Supra 3.0. It has a 2.0-litre inline-four turbocharged engine that yields 255 horsepower. This model also weighs approximately 200 pounds less than the GR Supra 3.0.
Inside the GR Supra, a driver-focused cabin enhances the driving experience. Its open, roomy design has seats with integrated head restraints and adjustable side bolsters for optimal comfort. This model also comes with a range of connectivity features, including the game-changing Toyota Supra Connect.
The 2021 Toyota GR Supra will be available at High River Toyota, so visit us for the ride of your life.
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.