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Toyota Blind Spot Monitor - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

Being a safe driver means more than simply understanding road signs and abiding by traffic laws. It also means being physically and mentally able to drive a vehicle. As you age, physical changes occur that can make certain actions challenging, like braking or turning to check a blind spot. While driving can become an obstacle the older you become, remaining safe on the road is still possible. Here are some tips to consider.

 

Stay Physically Active

As we age, strength and flexibility begins to diminish. This can cause the simplest of tasks – bending over, climbing stairs, rolling out of bed, etc. – to become difficult. You may not realize it, but driving involves a lot of physical engagement. You may be sitting while you do it, but think about all the movements it requires, like turning the steering wheel, pulling a seat belt into place, and using the legs to actively engage the pedals. Staying physically active is the best way to improve strength and flexibility. As a result, driving becomes easier as well as safer.

 

Test Vision and Hearing

Driving requires all of the five senses, and being able to see and hear are two of the most important. From hitting a curb or another car to running a stop sign or red light, without good vision, accidents are bound to happen, which makes driving very dangerous. Not only for you, but for others on the road too. Hearing is also essential to safety on the road. With it, you will know when to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle, be able to hear a car honk behind you, and also allow you to hear any noises your car may make to signify a problem. Unfortunately, vision and hearing are two senses that tend to decline with age. To ensure your safety behind the wheel, be sure to get regular vision and hearing tests.

 

Know Your Limitations

Being a safe driver means knowing your limitations. Not feeling well or being in pain are two things that cause driving impairment. A doctor's visit may be enough to heal you of these problems, making it safe to step behind the wheel of a car. You may even consider choosing a different vehicle that will better suit your needs, perhaps one with larger features that are easier to read and use.

 

Manage Any Health Problems

There are many health problems that negatively affect the ability to drive, such as diabetes, arthritis or dementia. Many medications can also cause driving impairment. But, this doesn't mean driving is impossible or off limits. The best way to combat health woes and stay safe on the road is by working with your doctor to many any major concerns. Coming up with a treatment plan and sticking to is will not only ensure your safety, but also the safety of others.

 

Update Your Skills

Driving is kind of like riding a bike. Once you learn how to do it, you never forget. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't ever brush up on your skills. As drivers, we get lay over the years spent behind the wheel. This can lead to poor judgment and driver errors, both problems that put you at an increased risk of fender benders and more serious crashes. To remain safe on the road as the years pass, consider taking a refresher course for older drivers. Not only will it re-instill good driving habits, but it may even earn you a discount on your driving insurance.

For everything you need to know about automotive tips and tricks, visit our dealership in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged driving as you age, older drivers, driving tips for elderly, tips for older drivers, tips for aging drivers, driving tips, driving tips and tricks, how age affects driving, best cars for older drivers, safe driving, safe driving tips on 12/01/2016 at 10:03 PM

Toyota Maintenance - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

Have you ever experienced limited visibility while driving? If so, it probably made driving rather difficult. It may have even been scary. Visibility is vital to on-road safety. Without a clear view of the road, you and your passengers are placed in potentially dangerous – even fatal – situations. This is especially true when driving in the dark and in poor weather conditions. Luckily, there are some ways to increase visibility when behind the wheel. Continue reading to learn how.

 

Correct Your Blind Spot

Cars come with a large number of blind spots, and the larger the vehicle, the worse visibility becomes. However, there are ways to decrease the severity of these blind spots. The easiest is by correcting the angle of your mirrors. Both side mirrors on your car should be set at an outward of 15 degrees. When adjusting the mirror on the left, you should set it so you can just see the side of your car. The rest of the view should show the car behind you. When adjusting the mirror on the right, you should use the same technique.

Another way to eliminate dangerous blind spots is to invest in a vehicle that comes with a blind-spot warning system. This way, you will be provided the assurance that another vehicle isn't approaching without your knowledge.

 

Use Parking Sensors

Parking a car is usually no big deal, unless you drive a large vehicle and are trying to maneuver into a tight spot. Or, if parallel parking just isn't your thing. In situations like these, the use of parking sensors can easily help guide you into a space without a scratch. This advanced system comes either standard or optional on newer vehicles.

 

Opt for a Rearview, Backup Camera

Backing up is a big part of driving, and the more you do it, the more skilled you will become at performing this maneuver. Unfortunately, it is still all too easy to back up and run into something. This is particularly true when driving a large vehicle such as a full-size SUV or minivan. Full-size SUVs, for example, provide a higher ride height than vehicles like sedans. While this can sometimes allow for better visibility out the front windshield, it can, more often than not, lead to poor visibility out the back. A great way to increase visibility is with a rearview, backup camera. This handy device will provide a view of what's behind your car, and will also provide helpful guidelines so you can back up without fear of running into or over something, or worse, someone!

 

Clear Your Windows

Are you someone who totes around a lot of stuff in their car? While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does increase the likelihood that your view will be compromised while on the road. Whether you have sun shades suctioned to windows to protect the eyes of little ones, you hang dry cleaning from a hook in the backseat, or you have a pile of boxes jostling around in the passenger seat next to you, all of these things can decrease visibility while behind the wheel. While some occasions leave little room to ensure full visibility when driving, all other situations should be combatted with proper organization and stowing.

Looking for more tips and tricks to increase visibility while on the road? We've got the answers at Ron Hibbard Toyota in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged automotive tips and tricks, car tips and tricks, driving tips, visibility while driving, how to increase visibility while driving, importance of visibility while driving, backup camera in car, car rearview camera, camera systems in cars, blind spot, blind-spot warning system, dangers of blind spots while driving, driving blind spot on 11/30/2016 at 9:29 PM

Tire Maintenance - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

Rain. Sleet. Snow. Yuck. Winter is weather quickly blowing in and if you live in a harsh climate, driving is going to soon become more difficult and more dangerous. One way to help conquer winter roads when behind the wheel is to equip your vehicle with winter tires. While many people are more than happy to do this, others are still unsure. To help you decide if winter treads are right for you, here are the top questions answered about these tires.

 

Do I need winter tires?

When winter blows in, driving becomes very dangerous. This is why many people turn to winter tires when living in areas that endure freezing temperatures and lots of snow. But, since tires can be rather pricey, many car owners often question whether they really need to invest in winter tires. If you live in a climate that runs on the mild side during winter months, then typically, your car's usual all-season tires will work just fine. However, if you live in harsher winter climates, especially those that see freezing temperatures, sleet and snow storms, then winter tires are well worth the investment.

 

What's the difference between winter tires and all-season tires?

Most cars are equipped with all-season tires. This is because they are designed to be used under a wide range of conditions. However, while all-season tires may be a jack of all trades, they are also not a master under any specific condition. All-season tires are made up of a tire tread design and compounds that are supposed to provide extended mileage and durability during times of warmer weather. This means that they are less effective when placed in winter conditions such as freezing temperatures, snow and ice.

Winter tires, on the other hand, deliver a stronger performance on winter roads. They provide more traction and excel in colder temperatures, sleet, slush and snow. When given the choice between all-season tires or winter tires – winter tires are the optimal pick as they greatly increase on-road safety.

 

How many winter tires do I need to buy?

One reason car owner's wait as long as possible before buying tires is because it can be expensive – especially when buying all four tires at once. While it is not always necessary to buy four new tires at the same time, when investing in winter tires, this is actually pretty important. This is because using different types of tires on your vehicle can cause one part of your car to react, or perform, differently than another when faced with wet, slushy and snowy conditions. This is especially true in emergency situations where your car is likely to understeer in one condition and oversteer in another. Matching all four tires is the best way to ensure your car handles itself as consistently as possible on winter roads.

 

Does all-wheel drive take the place of winter tires?

Many cars come with all-wheel drive. This means power is sent to all four wheels while driving. Having all-wheel drive is definitely an advantage when battling winter roads, but if your car is also equipped with winter tires, safety is increased even more. All-wheel drive is typically sought out by those looking to tackle harsher environments. This is also a reason why winter tires are chosen. Having both all-wheel drive and winter tires is the ultimate way to enhance your car's braking and handling in winter conditions.

 

Is traction control enough to keep me safe in winter conditions?

Most all cars come with traction control in oder to help keep your tires from being overpowered, leaving you slipping on the road. However, just because your car has traction control, this doesn't actually improve your tire's traction. Instead, it limits the acceleration of your vehicle to the traction level of your tires. In order to actually maximize your car's performance in winter, winter tires should be installed so they can work alongside your car's traction control in order to provide the best on-road safety.

For everything you need to know about cars, we can help at Ron Hibbard Toyota serving Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged winter tires, winterize your car, how to prep your car for winter, all-season tires, types of tires, purpose of winter tires, purpose of all-season tires, traction control, all-wheel drive, on 11/30/2016 at 10:41 AM

Toyota Service - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

As the short fall season dwindles away, the harsh winter season rushes in. While you may want to enjoy a cold winter's day, curled up by a fire reading a good book or watching Netflix, at some point you will have to face the cold outside. Unfortunately, snow, sleet and freezing rain pose a number of challenges to everyday life – especially when operating a vehicle. Winter conditions not only make driving difficult, but they also play a toll on how well your car operates. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help ensure your car thrives through the winter season. Here are some helpful tips.

 

Inspect Your Tires

Staying safe on winter roads starts with good tires. This being said, it is vital to inspect your tires to ensure they are in adequate condition before venturing on road during harsh winter months. Here are some tips:

First, check the pressure in each tire. Tires that are not filled with the correct amount of air decrease safety when on the road. Winter temperatures cause tire pressure to drop, which means they don't have enough air. In turn, tires are more likely to become flat or malfunction, causing dangerous situations. You can do this by using a pressure gauge sold at auto supply stores. In order to ensure the proper pressure for each tire, check your vehicle's owner's manual.

When checking your tires' pressure, you should also take the time to inspect the treads. Treads without the proper depth are unable to maintain good traction with the road. As a result, they are likely to slip along the road, especially in icy, snowy conditions.

Another thing to consider is equipping your vehicle with winter tires. If you live in a particularly wintery climate, winter tires are a great way to increase safety on the road. While all-season tires typically suffice, winter tires are specifically designed to provide good traction in icy, snowy conditions.

 

Switch to Winter-Grade Oil

Your car can't function without motor oil, one of the many reasons why getting routine oil changes is so important. As winter temperatures drop lower and lower, the thinner the oil in your engine should be. This is why it is a good idea to switch to a winter-grade oil that has a lower viscosity grade. How do you know which motor oil to buy? Here's a clue.

Motor oil comes in different number/letter sequences. For example, 5W-30 and 10W-30. The first number listed is the one to look at (the 5 and the 10). The lower this number is, the better viscosity it has for cold weather. Using the example above of 5W-30 and 10W-30, 5W-30 is the better oil to use for winter conditions because its viscosity is the lowest.

 

Opt for Winter Wiper Fluid

Just as your engine will perform better inc old weather with a winter-grade oil, your windshield wipers will work better with winter wiper fluid. While it's hard to imagine there being different types of windshield wiper fluid, it is actually very true and should be taken into strong consideration as winter rolls in. Ordinary wiper fluid that is used in spring, summer and fall can quickly freeze when making contact with your frigid windshield. As a result, it is basically useless.

“Winter” wiper fluid, on the other hand, is designed for the jaw-clenching cold of winter and will never freeze when sprayed onto your windshield. Not only will it not freeze, but it will actually help loosen ice and snow from your windshield, making visibility clear and strong.

For more automotive tips and tricks, just ask us at Ron Hibbard Toyota serving Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged automotive tips and tricks, automotive tips, winter car tips, how to prep your car for winter, snow tires, winter tires, tire treads, importance of winter tires, what are winter tires, winter driving on 11/29/2016 at 9:39 PM

 2016 Toyota Camry - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

The mid-sized sedan is one of the more popular vehicles in the U.S today because these vehicles have the size and power ideal for city and highway driving. If you were wondering which vehicle is considered the best in the segment, it is arguably the Toyota Camry that is always mentioned because this sedan is simply complete. It has the engine that provides fuel efficiency as well as the technology that offers modern features. It has amazing utility that goes well with its unbeatable safety features. The 2016 Toyota Camry is also extremely affordable at $23,070 and to those residing in Madison, TN, Ron Hibbard Toyota is a very popular dealership that offers their Toyota vehicles at extremely affordable rates. Here’s a closer look at the XSE trim.  

Sleek Design

The 2016 Toyota Camry XSE has a roomy cabin built for housing 5 passengers with enough headroom and legroom. It contains a lot of high quality material such as leather, fabrics, and high quality plastic. The cabin of the vehicle has leather trimmed seats with adjustable features that go well with lumbar support for additional comfort. In addition, the cabin has many utility features that include cup holders, storage compartments, plenty of cargo space, power windows and power locks.

Since the older Camry models have had boring exterior designs, Toyota upped its designing game and made the 2016 Toyota Camry resemble a sports car. The XSE trim has a long and wide front bumper that features projector beam halogen headlights, automatic fog lights, and daytime running lights. On the side of the Camry are four 17” steel alloy wheels with chrome finishing. The vehicle also has power heated side mirrors with manual folding capabilities. In the back of the vehicle is an automatic trunk lid that is accessible via remote keyless entry. Lastly the bumper of the Camry also features a single chrome tip exhaust.

Engine

The 2016 Toyota Camry XSE is a speedy and economic vehicle built for safely transporting passengers from place to place. It runs on a 3.5 liter V6 engine that allows the sedan to travel on maximum speeds of of 178 horsepower with 170 pound feet of torque. This engine has been equipped by Toyota with a 6-speed automatic transmission and variable valve timing that yields favorable fuel consumption.

Safety

The 2016 Toyota Camry XSE has an unbelievable amount of safety features. These include familiar features such as front and side airbags, front and rear seatbelts, child seat fasteners as well as child safety locks for maximum security.

The 2016 Camry XSE ensures total safety and security to its passengers with its Toyota STAR safety system, which loads the vehicle with interior and exterior features. Outside, the sedan has an anti-theft alarm system that efficiently monitors all external movement. This system temporarily disables the engine via an automatic immobilizer in the event of vehicular theft. It also has daytime running headlamps to keep the pickup more visible during the day. Other exterior safety features like Tire-pressure Monitoring System, Lane Departure Sensors, Anti-Lock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, and Electronic Brake Distribution are equipped in the Toyota Camry.

Toyota Technology

With its safety system, the 2016 Camry XSE also has a lot of tech features that are considered cutting edge. It has a remote keyless entry system that utilizes smart key fob sensing to lock/unlock all vehicle entrances and power tailgate release simultaneously. The key fob sensing feature requires the vehicle key to be with drivers at all times. It also has power-adjustable mirrors which can be controlled inside the vehicle. These mirrors even have their own heating feature which is useful for driving in colder climates. Other tech features of the sedan include, front collision warnings, a backup camera, as well as backup sensors.

The 2016 Camry XSE also has a lot of high-tech features inside its cabin. These features include but are not limited to the Multi-instrument Front Panel which includes the Entune Entertainment system consisting of an LCD Touch Screen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a Navigation system, Bluetooth Hands-Free Connectivity, Voice Control, steering wheel controls and many other amazing features!

Ron Hibbard Toyota is here for all of your automotive maintenance needs!  Simply stop by our dealerships in Gallatin, TN near Madison or Nashville, Tennessee for professional services.

 


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged Toyota, Toyota Camry, Toyota Dealership, 2016 Toyota, 2016 Camry on 10/12/2016 at 3:49 PM

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