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What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

what to do when your car breaks downSometimes unexpected things happen. Even if you keep up with your routine maintenance on your car, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road in a car that won’t start.

Knowing what to do when your car breaks down can save you time and money, so remember these tips if you ever find yourself on the side of the freeway with engine troubles.

If you can pull over and off the road, do so, or park it in the middle of the street if you can’t, but either way turn on your hazard lights so other cars will know to go around you or switch lanes so they don’t get too close to you.

Next, call for help, preferably your roadside assistance provided either by your insurance or through your manufacturer, and tell them your location so they can come and give you a tow or try to help you fix the problem.

Also, don’t leave your car! Roadside services may take a while to show up, but you have to be with your car when they do, so even though it’s not ideal, you can’t have a friend come pick you up and wait for roadside assistance to show.

And finally, be wary of strangers. Police officers are one thing, but some good samaritans aren’t necessarily good.

Toyota TeenDrive365 Campaign Puts New Spin on Texting and Driving

TeenDrive365 Toyota vehicles are family-friendly have passenger safety as a top priority. Toyota’s latest TeenDrive365 campaign aims to further increase passenger safety through spreading awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

Along with dosomething.org, Toyota has introduced The Driving Coach. Instead of putting texting in an entirely negative light, this campaign aims to raise awareness of distracted driving through text.

The idea is that teens develop their driving habits based on what they see their parents doing. This latest campaign puts all of the power in the teen’s hands, and they get to show their parents a thing or two.

Here’s how it works: teens enter their phone numbers on the website, and Toyota comes up with fun, unique ways to help the teens coach their parents into “not doing ridiculous things (like eating) behind the wheel.”

Another added bonus: teens that play the game get entered to win a $5,000 scholarship! It’s a fun, unique way to raise awareness and promote safe driving habits.

TeenDrive365 Campaign Documents Teens’ Journey to their Licenses

Do you remember the day you got your driver’s license? Chances are you remember the moment, or you at least remember the feeling of passing the test and earning your first bit of freedom as a teenager.

Toyota has created a series of documentary shorts that follow the journey of three real families as their teens prepare to get their driver’s licenses. The results are heartwarming.

“As the mother of two teenagers, I understand first-hand the range of emotions that parents can experience when their teen receives their driver’s license,” said Marjorie Schussel, Corporate Marketing Director for Toyota. “Even though the families featured in Toyota’s TeenDrive365 series all have unique stories to share, the common thread is that each parent is deeply involved in their teen’s journey to get their license.”

So far the series has highlighted three families, and each video evokes a different emotion. See the video from the Moore family below, and head over to TeenDrive365.com to see the rest!

The documentary series is a part of Toyota’s TeenDrive365, which aims to promote safety and education for teens learning to drive and their parents. Stop by Haddad Toyota to learn more!

Steve the Dummy Helps Save Lives

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Toyota, along with Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Ohio State University, has developed a special robot named Steve that helps the automaker test out its pre-collision system (PCS).

Toyota’s PCS aims to stop accidents before they happen. Toyota’s vehicles that have PCS are equipped with a special camera and radar system that detects pedestrians or other obstacles in the road ahead of them. The PCS issues a warning to the driver, and can automatically bring the car to a full stop if necessary.

Steve may be a dummy, but he’s definitely not dumb. Equipped with “skin” that mimics the density and motion of a human being, Steve is able to simulate a real human’s movements and walking speed.

Since Steve moves like a real human being, the scientists are able to test the PCS system on Steve safely and without causing injury.

Don’t worry – Steve doesn’t get injured either. He’s made of a special material that can withstand high impacts, such as being hit by a car.

Toyota hopes that their PCS system will help to prevent accidents and make driving safer. And we all have one “person” to thank for this developing technology – Steve the Dummy!

Come take a look at our Toyota vehicles that are equipped with PCS today!

Driverless Cars? Let’s Talk About Safe Cars Instead

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Toyota’s decided to shift its focus on creating a car that will drive itself to increasing the safety features on all of their current models.

More and more companies such as Google, Volkswagen, Nissan, and others have developed technology for autonomous cars. Autonomous cars, you know, cars without a person behind the wheel, are no longer going to be a top focus for Toyota. They decided to put their focus on safety technology instead.

“Toyota will not be developing a driverless car,” Toyota’s Deputy Chief Safety Technology Officer, Seigo Kuzumaki said.

Toyota believes that driverless cars are still 10 years away given the legal issues that need to be solved and technology developments that still need to occur. Because of this, Toyota intends to continue developing the preventative safety measures in their vehicles such as allowing cars to steer enough to stay in the center of a lane, making sure that the driver keeps their hands on the wheel, and eyes on the road. According to Toyota’s General Manager of their Intelligent Vehicle division, Ken Koibuchi, your car would become “a full-time back-seat driver.”

Let us here at Haddad Toyota know what you think of Toyota’s new safety focus and what you think of driverless car technology in the comments below.