Oct 022018
 

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Ready or not, winter is just around the corner. And before you’re stranded in the cold with a car that can’t handle it, it’s a good idea to take the milder autumn weather to perform some routine maintenance in order to get your car ready for winter. Not sure where to start? The following are some of the must-check boxes on your winter maintenance to-do list.

Tires

Especially in cold and potentially icy conditions, the health of your car’s tires is extremely important when it comes to overall vehicle safety. Make a habit of regularly checking your vehicle’s tire pressure as well as monitoring tread and alignment for potential problems. If something seems off, get in front of it before it becomes a major issue.

Battery

Cold weather puts additional strain on any car battery, which means a failing car battery can quickly become a dead car battery as winter rolls in. Make sure you check your car’s battery to ensure it is holding an adequate charge before winter officially arrives.

Oil

Routinely changing your car’s oil is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to keep your car in great shape year after year. Consider switching to a special winter-grade motor oil with a viscosity that allows for optimal performance in freezing temperatures and ensure that your vehicle is up to the task all winter long.

If you need any maintenance or services done before winter rolls in, don’t delay: Stop into Hurlbert Toyota and make the most of the milder season.

Sep 252018
 

Back-to-School Driving Tips

The last days of summer mean that the kids are heading back to school, but the weather is still nice enough that they’re still out enjoying as much fresh air as possible. At this time of year, it’s a good idea to brush up on some back-to-school driving tips that will help keep everyone safe.

  • Respect school zones and speed limits: During the summer months, it might be easy to forget the need to respect school zone speed limits and rules since you don’t encounter them so much. This September, always slow down in school zones, be patient, and pay attention.
  • Organize a carpool: To reduce vehicle congestion in school drop-off and pick-up areas, organize a carpool with fellow parents. When it’s your turn to drive, respect the school’s drop-off rules, which are in place to keep everyone safe. In general, you should not double park or drop off/pick up kids at a spot where they have to cross traffic to get to the school entrance or to your vehicle.
  • Respect walkers: Do not block crosswalks and always yield to pedestrians. If a crossing guard is present, you should follow their directions.
  • Respect buses: It can be frustrating getting stuck behind a bus if you’re in a hurry, but you should never illegally pass them. If yellow or red school-bus lights are flashing, all traffic must stop. In addition, buses can block your line of vision, so you will want to be extra careful when close to a bus.

If you want to head back to school in style and make sure that your kid is the talk of the carpool pickup, stop by Hurlbert Toyota and check out our selection of stylish new Toyotas

Aug 092018
 

mountain driving safety

Summer is the perfect time for adventuring, and some of the most beautiful and unique spots to explore in America are the mountains. Driving in the mountains comes with its own set of risks, though, so follow these mountain driving safety tips to stay safe and stress-free.

Have your car inspected first

Make sure your brakes, battery, windshield wipers, heat and air conditioning, and exhaust system are all in good condition. Air pressure and weather change the higher you go, and it can have a negative effect on your car.

Be cautious of overheating on hills

When you’re going up a steep incline, shift into a lower gear and be mindful that the car could overheat. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge as you climb the hill.

Maintain consistent speed

Even though your car will naturally go faster downhill, don’t go faster down the mountain than you went up it. But make sure you don’t ride the brake, either. Shift into a lower gear to keep the car from going too fast.

Cars going uphill have the right of way

If you’re going downhill, give cars going uphill space to pass you safely. Going uphill is harder for cars than going downhill, so they need the extra help.

Keep to the far side of the lane

If you stay too close to center line, when the time comes to pass another car you could overcorrect by swerving to the right, which can be dangerous. Be cautious and avoid hugging the center line.

If your car needs an inspection before you head up into the mountains, visit us at Hurlbert Toyota. Our service team will be happy to take a look at your car to make sure it’s in peak condition.

Jul 152018
 

summer car care

We’re finally getting a break from the cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect performing routine car maintenance until another winter rolls around. Here are five crucial summer car care tips you shouldn’t forget.

Air Filter

Decomposing winter leaves can clog up your car’s air filter, so make sure you have your filter checked as summer begins. Filters are relatively inexpensive and are important for ensuring optimal performance, so it’s a good idea to replace them annually.

Tires

Changes in temperature can cause fluctuations in the pressure of your car’s tires. This summer, keep an eye on your vehicle’s tire pressure and consider replacing the whole set if they’re not looking threadbare.

Air-Conditioning System

A properly functioning air-conditioning system can make all the difference between and excellent and a miserable driving experience. If your air-conditioning isn’t pumping out cool air like it used to, see a technician to have it checked before the hottest days of the year arrive.

Windshield Wipers

Between ice, snow, freezing temperatures, and salt, the winter can do a number on your car’s wiper blades. If any of your vehicle’s wiper blades look bent, worn, or damaged, replace them now before they become a safety hazard.

Wash and Wax

Finally, don’t forget to hit the car wash this summer. Washing your car removes harmful corrosive residue that tends to build up over the winter months, while a high grade wax seals your car’s exterior, protecting it from the elements.

If you are concerned about your car’s air-conditioning, windshield wipers, or anything else, visit us at Hurlbert Toyota; our service team will be happy to help you.

Jul 032018
 

Road trip travel tips

It’s official: summer is finally here, and with it comes the perfect conditions for the road trip of a lifetime. If you’re new to extended drives, though, be sure to check out these important road trip travel tips before you hit the road.

Vehicle maintenance

 Maybe it sounds like a no-brainer, but we can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your car is road-trip ready before you embark. Check your vehicle’s tires, battery, oil, coolant system, and windshield wipers about a week before you hit the road. You should also give your car a good cleaning, inside and out. Once you’re on the road, make a habit of routinely cleaning out the vehicle to avoid unnecessary clutter.

 Plan ahead

Of course, every road trip needs an initial plan — even if it is just the basics. We suggest scheduling where and when you’ll make big stops, but remaining open to improvisation if you change your mind while you’re on the road.

 Get off the beaten path

 Finally, remember that a road trip is all about discovering something new; you probably won’t discover much of anything if you only stick to major highways. At some point, spend some time driving through back country roads, as this is where you’ll often find the most memorable stops of your trip.

If your vehicle needs any pre-road-trip maintenance, visit our service department at Hurlbert Toyota.

Jun 152018
 

Toyota donated $150,000

Focusing on local education efforts, Toyota donated $150,000 to Project Lead The Way. These funds will go to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum in 11 schools in Kentucky.

These grants will help schools provide classes on computer science and biomedical science, as well as improving classroom quality to be more engaging and hands-on for students.

The president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., Susan Elkington, said that there is an “urgent and critical need to get more young people interested in STEM,” which is why she considers it so important to invest in programs like Project Lead The Way.

This isn’t the first time the Toyota USA Foundation, which is responsible for the grant given this May, has worked with Project Lead The Way. Last year, the Foundation donated $2 million to support 115 schools across the country.

Project Lead The Way institutes programs in schools like PLTW Launch for kindergarten through fifth grade, PLTW gateway for up to eighth grade, and more specific programs for high schools in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science.

One district in Kentucky, Harrison County, received grants for five of its schools, has been working with Project Lead The Way for 17 years, thanks in no small part to repeated donations by the Toyota USA Foundation.

At Hurlbert Toyota, we are proud to be part of a brand that gives back to its community. For more information on the newest Toyota models, visit us at Hurlbert Toyota.

Jun 042018
 

New Hampshire day trips

New Hampshire is a beautiful, historic state with all kinds of landmarks to see. Now that it’s summer, there’s no better time to see them! Spend your weekends checking out these New Hampshire day trip spots in your fuel-efficient, safety-focused Toyota.

The Great Outdoors

If you like to spend your time hiking, fishing, or just picnicking in a park, New Hampshire is the perfect place to relax. The Isles of Shoals are a collection of islands just off the coast, where you can visit the village and even go on a cruise. The Lost River Gorge is a beautiful spot for hiking.

Idyllic Towns

Adorable small towns in New Hampshire are easy to come by. In early summer — in Sugar Hill — you can see the Lupine blooming, Peterborough has a great local theater group to check out, and Hanover not only has Dartmouth College but boasts incredible views of the whole state.

Attractions

The New Hampshire Ice Cream Trail is the perfect road trip for summer. It’ll take you through some beautiful little New Hampshire towns, and at every stop you get to try a new ice cream flavor. There’s no better way to see our great state than this!

Do you need a new Toyota for your next road trip adventure? Stop by Hurlbert Toyota or give us a call to schedule a test drive.

May 082018
 

2018 Toyota Prius c

The 2018 Toyota Prius c is as fun to drive as it is easy on the gas. This hybrid hatchback is compact, intelligent, and affordable, making it a great pick for young drivers in urban settings, or for any customer of Krause Toyota looking for an efficient, enjoyable ride.

Performance

The 2018 Toyota Prius c gets its power from a balanced 1.5-liter, four-cylinder ECVT hybrid engine. This powertrain boasts up to 48 mpg in the city and up to 43 mpg on the highway.* An EV mode can provide up to one-half mile of all-electric driving, and an ECO mode adjusts the usage of things like climate control for the best possible efficiency.

Technology

A slew of advanced gadgets make the 2018 Toyota Prius c a modern and connected daily driver. Each of its four trim levels is equipped with a standard backup camera, making the Prius c even more ideal for city driving and parking. The cabin also offers available Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation. A standard USB port and standard Bluetooth® allow passengers to stay charged and queue up their own media libraries.

Safety

The 2018 Toyota Prius c can be equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C) package. This includes Lane Departure Alert, a Pre-Collision System, and Automatic High Beams. The Toyota Prius c also comes with nine advanced airbags and the Star Safety System™ which has safety tools like Traction Control, Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Control.

For more information about the 2018 Toyota Prius c, or to schedule a test drive, stop by Hurlbert Toyota and speak to one of our sales representatives.

 

*2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

Apr 172018
 

2019 Toyota Avalon

With the crossover market on the rise and young families flocking to small SUVs, large sedans have been taking a hit. In response, Toyota unveiled the completely redesigned Avalon. A recent study showed that owners of the current generation of the Toyota Avalon have a median age of 66, and while age is just a number, automakers are concerned about making their vehicles appealing to all ages and establishing a new consumer base among young professionals.

Toyota is changing all of that with the 2019 Toyota Avalon. The redesign is obvious as soon as you see its lower, wider stance. It also comes with new performance options like a smooth, more powerful V6 engine, an adaptive variable suspension, and four different drive modes. There are even hybrid powertrain options on the lower three trim levels for more fuel-conscious drivers. The range-topping Touring trim offers even more sporty features, up to and including a fifth, more athletic Sport+ drive mode for owners who want an extra thrill.

The Toyota Avalon redesign doesn’t mean Toyota’s forgotten about its older audience, either. The more sporty, attractive 2019 Avalon design is also a way to say thank you to its loyal customers.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon will arrive in dealerships later this spring. To learn more, stop by Hurlbert Toyota or give us a call.

Mar 122018
 

 

Toyota Research and Development

Finding alternative energy resources is a major goal for most automakers, but few can match Toyota’s dedication. The Japanese automaker is opening a new research and development center that will include 11 tracks and employ more than 3,000 people. Once all said and done, Toyota’s research and development center will cost $2.8 billion.

Toyota’s investment marks heightened commitment for the automaker. While the Toyota lineup already features multiple hybrids vehicles, including the 2018 Prius, the new center will allow the brand to diversify the lineup even further.

One of the 11 tracks in the facility will be a miniature Nurburgring, also known as the world’s toughest test track. While the real track measures in at 12.9 miles, Toyota’s smaller track just hits 3.3 miles, and will test steering and braking stability in rigorous driving conditions.

Multiple tracks will be designed to specifically test electric vehicles and effectively create vehicles designed for specific markets. Toyota’s research and development center will put an emphasis on existing markets, like North America, but will also develop vehicles for up-and-coming regions, such as India.

The facility will open partially this year and will be fully operational by 2023. Initially, Toyota will employ a total of 3,300 people at the new center, but that number will rise as research and development continues to increase.

We here at Hurlbert Toyota are very excited to see what Toyota comes up with, and would be happy to show you what they already have.