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Five Tips for Taking It Easier on Your Toyota

Posted at Fri, Sep 18, 2020 9:00 AM

It is an unfortunate fact of life: Nothing lasts forever, not even our vehicles. While Toyota’s cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are built to last for decades, they do still have a finite lifespan. That lifespan can be shortened by poor driving and maintenance habits, which is why it is important to examine how you drive and look after your Toyota.

If you would like to keep your vehicle in great shape for years to come, keep reading to check out Westbury Toyota’s list of actionable tips. You can incorporate these into your daily routine in order to ensure that your Toyota stays in prime condition long into the future.

Adhere to the Service Schedule

Far too many people do not bother to pay attention to the maintenance schedule as it is stated in the owner’s manual. Dealerships also have a maintenance schedule, and both schedules are meant to keep your car or truck running in peak condition, so it is important to make sure you bring it at the recommended intervals.

With older vehicles it is sometimes easier to forget to keep up with things like oil changes, but in newer vehicles there is no excuse, particularly as they have oil life monitoring systems that automatically detect when it is time to replace the oil. Considering the bevy of service indicator lights that are in the gauge cluster of new vehicles, the only barrier to staying on track is making the time to bring your Toyota in for service with our team.

Want to see how easy it is to get back on track with Toyota's suggested maintenance schedule? Then be sure to check out the Westbury Toyota suggested maintenance schedule guide today.

Pay Attention to the Road Conditions

Depending on where you live, the conditions of the roads you traverse every day may be less than ideal. If you deal with a lot of potholes on a daily basis, it is imperative that you pay close attention and do your best to avoid them. Even if potholes are not all that deep, they can still cause damage to your tires and all the other parts that comprise the wheel. In addition, hitting potholes can have negative effects on the steering and suspension components. The amount of time you lose by going around potholes instead of through them will be miniscule and you will be doing your car a big favor in the long run.

Be a Calm and Rational Driver

Being easy on your vehicle when you are driving goes a long way toward increasing its longevity, which is to say that you should not be slamming hard on the accelerator or brakes unless in the case of an emergency. The same applies if you have a manual transmission – aggressively shifting will only put unnecessary stress on the transmission. Always be sure the car is completely stopped before putting it in reverse, and the same applies when putting it into a forward gear.

Pay Attention to Strange Sounds and Vibrations

Any time you hear or feel something odd from your car, you need to take notice and book it in as soon as possible. Rattling, clunking, or grinding noises that you have never heard before are likely an indication that something in your Toyota is not working the way it should be and needs attention. The same goes for any unusual vibrations or movement. If you experience any of these, do not just ignore them. Doing so will likely result in an expensive problem later on.

Steer While the Car Is Moving

You should only steer your car while it is moving, as it prevents too much pressure being put on the steering components and rack, which is one of the main reasons for steering rack failure. Turning all the wheels while the vehicle is immobile puts huge amounts of stress on the entire steering system because it has to push against the friction from both the asphalt and the tire while its entire weight is pushing down on them. This is a tip you should follow even while you are attempting to parallel park – keep your car or truck rolling just slightly before you start to adjust the wheel.

Take It Easy

By integrating our tips into your daily routines, you will be extending your Toyota’s optimal lifespan while also saving yourself money. Careful driving and diligence toward routine maintenance can prevent costly problems. If your Toyota is in need of some work or a check-up, be sure to call our Westbury Toyota service department so we can take care of it for you.

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