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How to Prevent Car Rust in Winter

prevent car rustWinter is the season of rust—snow itself is bad enough, but add in all those chemicals from salting the roads and you have a recipe for disaster. Once rust finds its way onto your car, it spreads like the common cold. Here are some easy tips to prevent car rust this season.

First, wash your car regularly. Whether you’re at home or you go to a drive-through one, you need to get all the salt and grim and mud off your car before it starts to damage the metal. In winter, it’s good to do this once every week or two.

Don’t forget to spray the underside of the car! If the person or machine doing your car wash doesn’t get the underside, take it home and spray it down. This is where the most salt collects.

You can also protect your car by waxing it. A wax at the beginning of the season should keep the paintjob safe from the elements for the season, though if you live in very salty area you might want to invest in some anti-rust spray.

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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.

5 Road Trip Tips That Will Ensure the Perfect Vacation

Road Trip TipsThe weather is warming up and the kids are coming up on their last weeks of school. Summer is almost here! And you know what that means – it’s time for vacation!

Whether you’re taking a short weekend trip or a long trip to a place far away, chances are you’ll be in the car at some point. If you’re driving to your destination, you’ll probably be in the car for extended periods of time, and if you’re prepared, your car ride can be the best part of your trip! Take a look at these 5 road trip tips to take your vacation to the next level.

  1. Bring Snacks. If you’re stopping every hour because someone is hungry, you’ll never reach your destination. Bringing some extra food and snacks with you can also help cut down on costs related to fast food stops.
  2. Bring Games. Nothing puts a damper on the fun mood of vacation than hearing your kids say, “Are we there yet?” If you can keep the family entertained during the car ride, everyone will have much more fun. One of our favorite games is Road Trip Bingo. It’s easy and everyone can play – even the driver!
  3. Take pictures. Some of the most beautiful scenery can be found on the highways and backroads of America. While you may be more focused on taking pictures during your actual vacation, road photos can be just as fun to take. Have a photo scavenger hunt with your kids in the car to see who can capture the best photo of the road.
  4. Have a map in the car with some alternate routes. Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances, like a road closure or accident, that you didn’t plan on during your trip. If you have some alternate routes planned out you could save hours of your drive. Having a map with you can also help when you’re in an area with no cell phone service.
  5. Be prepared. You should always have a first aid kit and emergency water and snacks in your car in case you break down or get stranded.

Road trips can be fun for the entire family if you’re prepared. Follow these tips and you’re sure to have an amazing summer! And if you’re looking for the perfect vehicle for a road trip, we have several at Haddad Toyota. Stop in today!

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!