Feb 092017
 

winter survival kit - scraper

Living in New Hampshire, we all know that winter is a harsh and unforgiving time of year. Winter storms can arrive at any time and if you’re not prepared, you can be left cold and stranded on the side of the road. That is why having a winter survival kit in your car is an important part of living in New Hampshire.

To get you started, here is a list of some key materials you need to have in your kit.

  • Small snow shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • Spare cell phone and charged battery
  • Warm blanket
  • Extra winter gear (hats, gloves, socks, etc.)
  • First aid kit with needed medications
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • High energy snacks like dried fruit, jerky, and energy bars
  • Water and/or Gatorade
  • Flashlight and extra batteries

If you do happen to find yourself stuck in your car during a storm, the most important thing to remember is to not leave your car. Assess your situation to see if you think you can get yourself back on the road. However, do not over exert yourself trying to dig through the snow as this can make you sweaty and wet clothes won’t help you keep warm. The best thing you can do is to call for help and do what you need to do to stay warm and alive.

Do you have any other things in your winter survival kit that we missed? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Feb 032017
 

For many car shoppers, safety is a top priority. And, with so much advanced technology, cars are safer than ever. That is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) scores individual models on numerous safety attributes to help discerning shopper find the best of the best.

The IIHS has two levels of safety awards: Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+. To earn the Top Safety Pick accolade, a vehicle has to achieve the top Good rating in all crash tests. In addition, it has to earn an Advanced or Superior rating for front crash prevention technology.

Toyota’s Top Safety Picks this year include the Toyota Yaris iA and Avalon.

To earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle also has to achieve a Good or Acceptable rating for its headlights. This year, Toyota brought home five Top Safety Pick+ honors. These models include the Toyota Prius v, Camry, RAV4, Prius, and Corolla.

Ever since the IIHS introduced its Top Safety Pick awards in 2006, Toyota has worked hard to make sure as many of its models are eligible for this award as it can. The Top Safety Pick+ designation was introduced in 2013 to give the best of the best their own category.

Come check out all of these excellent and safe Toyota models today at Hurlbert Toyota.

Dec 232016
 

New Year's resolutions for your car 2017

The New Year is right around the corner, which means it’s time to decide what your resolutions will be. However, if you’re tired of making the same plans every year and failing every time, we have a few resolutions for your car that we think you’ll be able to keep.

  • Put away the distractions. Decide that 2017 will be the year when you kick your in-car phone habit. Put your phone away and stay focused on your driving. In addition, don’t eat, put on makeup, or try to retrieve dropped items while driving.
  • Think safety first. If you plan to buy a new car in 2017, make safety a top priority. Look at ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA. In addition, Toyota is continually expanding its Safety Sense features into much of the Toyota lineup.
  • Seatbelts for everyone. Make seatbelts mandatory for every passenger in your car, even other adults. And, don’t forget about the family dog, either. Purchase a dog-friendly restraint so they can be safe in the car, too.
  • Learn basic maintenance. Use 2017 to learn how to do basic maintenance, such as changing a tire or changing your oil. You could save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and money once you know how to do it yourself.

What are your resolutions for 2017?

Dec 092016
 

travel tips for Christmas - keep your kids safe in carseats

The Christmas season is one of the busiest travel times of the year. This means, of course, that there will be more cars on the road than usual. Unfortunately, this can also lead to more accidents. If you and your family are planning on travelling this year, here are five travel tips for Christmas presented by Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota to make sure your children are buckled in correctly.

  1. Inch and Pinch. After you’ve installed the seat into your car, grab the seat at the bottom and attempt to move it side to side. If it moves more than an inch, tighten it up. Then, once you have your child buckled, try to pinch the strap near their shoulder. If you can pinch any fabric, tighten the straps.
  2. Secure extra items. You will likely have luggage and gifts travelling with you in the car. Make sure these extras are secure since anything in your car can become a projectile in an accident.
  3. Right way. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children under age 2 sit in a rear-facing seat.
  4. No coats. Yes, it’s winter and cold, but coats and car seats don’t mix. Take off your child’s coat before buckling him or her into her seat. You can then put the coat back on top or use a blanket to keep them warm. A think coat can prevent the harness from properly fitting your child.
  5. Don’t rent a seat. If you’re travelling by plane, bring along your child’s seat. Do not rent one when you arrive at your destination since you don’t know its history.

With these tips in hand, you can help make sure your children are kept safe while in the car.

Oct 212016
 

fall driving safety tips - couple in convertible

Now that it is officially fall, it’s time to consider the unique hazards that the season brings to the roads. It may not be as hazardous as winter, but that doesn’t mean that fall is free from danger.

To prepare yourself for the fall season, check out these fall driving safety tips:

  • Make sure that your vehicle is up to date on oil changes and that any dashboard lights are addressed before the weather starts to dip.
  • Give your tires a good look, evaluating for air pressure, tread, and alignment.
  • In fact, if you live in a particularly snowy area or just want to be extra safe, consider switching to snow tires entirely.
  • Speaking of snow, don’t forget to get an ice scraper handy inside your vehicle. You may also want to keep a shovel available.
  • Any summer supplies you may have, such as swimsuits and flip flops, can certainly be switched out in favor of warm hats and gloves.
  • Lastly, keep a sharper eye out for pedestrians and animals than ever before, especially as dusk approaches, which comes earlier than in the summer.

For more safety tips or to start your season out with a brand new model, contact us or visit us anytime here at Hurlbert Toyota.

Feb 192016
 

parking lot safety tips

Going to the store can be a hassle. Once you make it through the aisles to find everything you need, finding an open checkout lane can be difficult if the store is busy. Before all that, though, there’s the hassle of finding a parking space. While you should be focusing on driving, looking for an open parking space usually takes priority once you enter the lot. We here at Hurlbert Toyota have a few parking lot safety tips to help you both as a driver and a pedestrian.

  1. Make Yourself Visible. Making sure other drivers can see you is a priority, especially in the dark. Wear bright colors and try not to walk between cars too often. When driving, keep an eye out for pedestrians as they can often come out of what seems like thin air.
  2. Slow Down. While you may be in a rush, you’ll have to spend more time at the store if you hit (or are hit by) someone or something. Avoid an accident or injury by obeying the speed limit (10 to 20 mph) and keeping yourself visible.
  3. Back In. Pulling forward is many times easier than backing out. As a result, it’s smart to back into a space or pull all the way through. Doing so will give you better visibility when it comes time to leave the store.
Sep 242015
 

Toyota Sienna

Most of us are guilty of speeding. It’s easy to do when you are in a hurry and oftentimes, it just becomes a habit. However, it’s a bad habit! Here are a few arguments against speeding on the road.

LOWERS FUEL EFFICIENCY

Although it can be different for each vehicle, most vehicles operate at ideal efficiency somewhere around 55 mph. Travel above that and you are using more fuel and getting less power exponentially. Try lowering your speed for a month and comparing your fuel costs. You may be surprised!

INTERRUPTS TRAFFIC

To be safe, traffic must be predictable. When you speed, you are creating a degree of unpredictability to those around you. People are more likely to change lanes in front of you because they are expecting the traffic around them to be predictable. Why not be responsible and contribute to a safe driving environment?

INCREASES STRESS

Speeding can increase your stress on the road. When you are going faster than everyone else, and traffic is heavy, this means you are having to constantly pass people. Some people are happy to get out of your way. Others may seem clueless. This can create frustration and annoyance. Why not go with the flow, put on the cruise control and relax?

Instead of having a “Let’s get this over with” attitude about your commute, try to enjoy it! Enjoy some peace and quiet or check out new music or listen to a comedy album. You might find that you don’t mind slowing down at all. Hurlbert Toyota wants to promote safe driving from all of our customers!

Aug 242015
 

Tire Pressure

When it comes to spending money, many people would rather head out on a road trip than pay bills. While a road trip can have its own headaches, money and maintenance shouldn’t have to be on your mind. By maintaining your car’s proper tire pressure, you don’t have to! We here at Hurlbert Toyota are here to tell you the benefits of maintaining tire pressure!

First and foremost, keeping your tire pressure at the optimal pressure as suggested by the manufacturer can save a lot of wear and tear on your tires. By preserving your tread, you also increase the amount of miles between new sets, which saves a good amount of money over the life of your car.

Proper tire pressure also increases your car’s handling. Whether you’re on wet or dry roads, traction is important and the proper pressure is there to provide the most traction possible. By improving handling, you’ll experience an overall safer drive as you have more control over the vehicle.

When it comes down to saving money at the pump, maintaining the proper tire pressure can result in better gas mileage. Considering fuel efficiency is a selling point, you’ll want to make the most of each fill-up.

Apr 292015
 

Toyota Camry

When it comes to safety technology, competition is a very healthy thing. Or as Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, puts it in a recent article by the Los Angeles Times, “The automakers are competing on safety and that’s good news for consumers.” His words are a response to Toyota’s decision to offer a bundle of cutting-edge safety features as a low-cost package.

The Toyota Safety Package includes features such as automatic braking and high-beam automation, as well as lane departure alert. Of course the feature that gets the most attention is the automatic braking. Not surprising when you hear why. As the LA Times reports, “Automatic braking systems are cutting damage claims for front-into-rear crashes by about 14%.”

This is how it always goes with new technologies. At first, they are only selectively available as automakers work to get production costs down. Eventually, they become standard. Just looks like this time Toyota has beaten everyone else to the punch.

The Toyota Safety Package will be available for well under a thousand dollars all across the Toyota and Lexus lineup by late 2016.

Apr 282014
 

In Control Crash Prevention

If you’re a teen or parent of a new driver, you’ll want to take advantage of the In Control Crash Prevention classes coming up at Pease Airport in Portsmouth this weekend. Thanks to sponsorship from Hurlbert Toyota and the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association, you’ll be able to save $200 on the defensive driving course by following these easy steps:

  1. Visit driveincontrol.org and click “Reserve a Course”
  2. Register
  3. Enter discount code: “EANCDA200

This deal is good for drivers under 20 years old. If you’re over 21 or want to attend the course with your teen, you can still save $75 by using the code “HurlbertToyota” when you register. You can also reserve a course online at 888-301-SAFE and mention the discount.

In Control is a non-profit organization that offers the first certified crash prevention training program in the nation. They’ve trained 25,000 students of all ages, many of whom enjoy insurance discounts after completing the course. Research has shown that graduates of the class have a 70% reduction in crashes compared to the average population.

This Sunday, May 4, the governor’s husband Tom Hassan plans on attending the 8am course, so it’ll be a great chance to meet him.

Regular price for this course is $350, so this offer is too good to pass up and you can’t put a price on the safety of your teen driver. You’ll also enjoy further savings on a car insurance discount that you may be eligible for after taking this certified course. Check out Channel 5’s piece on the class below. Feel free to contact us with any questions about the classes and check out the FAQ section of the website.