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.

Tips for Your First Time Snowboarding

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With the Winter Olympic Games upon us, excitement surrounding winter sports is at an all-time high. If you’re itching to pack up your Toyota Tacoma or 4Runner and head out to the slopes, here are some snowboarding tips from our team at High River Toyota.

Get the gear

Safety is crucial when you’re gliding down the side of a mountain. While it may seem fun to just jump on a board and go, you need to be prepared with the right equipment. SnowboardHow founder Lorraine Lam suggests buying a helmet, knee pads, wrist guards, and hip pads in addition to your boots, jacket, pants, goggles, and base layer of clothing.

Hire a pro

There’s no shame in hiring an instructor to help you on your first few snowboarding outings. These trained professionals will teach you important lessons so you can stay safe and have fun. Even after you’ve got the basics down, it might be a good idea to take refresher courses at the start of a new season.

Prepare physically

If you’re not in great physical shape, it will be difficult to take on snow-covered mountains. Even though it looks like you’re just swaying back and forth on the board, snowboarding takes a lot of core and leg strength to succeed (and not fall down a hill).

The most important tip we can provide is to have fun! Getting out there and taking on a new skill can be daunting yet incredibly rewarding.

How to Test Your Car Battery at Home

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.

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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.