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

2022 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB

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!

Don’t Drive Distracted: Tips for Safe Driving

Tips for Safe Driving | High River, AB

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.

Follow these tips to make driving much safer. Contact us at High River Toyota if you need a new ride to drive better in.