Getting the Most Out of Your Summer: Road Trip Tips

For some, warmer weather means more road trips. That’s why we’ve put together a list of road trip tips to help you get the most out of any long-distance excursions you might be planning this summer.

Summer Road Trip TipsThe most important thing to do before you go is make a checklist. According to the Travel Channel, you should secure a reliable cell phone (in addition to the one you may already have), get your vehicle serviced, and check your spare tire. By having doing an overall checkup and staying prepared, you’ll avoid ending your trip early.

Adding up fuel mileage is also important, as this is one of the major costs for your road trip. By filling up your car, resetting the odometer, and then recording how many gallons you’ve used when you fill up next, you can calculate your actual fuel mileage. Simply divide the miles by the gallons of gas, and that’s your vehicle’s mpg. By taking the average from multiple calculations, you’ll get a more accurate readout.

Though this may be a given for most, make sure to bring something to keep the kids entertained. Nothing drains the life out of a road trip like unhappy travelers. Bring games, snacks, and plenty of music for the trip.

Last but not least, pack light. Fewer bags mean more space, plain and simple. By following these tips, you’re bound to have a great road trip.

Let’s Go Places: Our Favorite Attractions in Plymouth, MA

Now that spring is upon us, we thought we’d share our favorite local attractions for getting out of the house, and discovering all Plymouth has to offer. Here are some of our favorite top-rated attractions in Plymouth, MA.

Let's Go Places - Attractions in Plymouth, MA

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Jenney Museum. The Jenney Museum offers a peek into our country’s first years. Stories of how the pilgrims lived, who they were, and their beliefs and motivations are captivating. A number of tours offer an in-depth look at life in the 17th century. All tours require advance reservations.

Plimoth Plantation. This plantation recreates the Wampanoag settlement and Plimoth Village, allowing visitors to see how life was lived at the time of the pilgrims. Actors dressed as the individuals from that time period share stories and answer questions, bringing history to life. Also check out the craft center, rare breed animals, and Mayflower II.

Whale Watching and Deep Sea Fishing. Head out to sea with Captain John for an experience you won’t forget. The knowledgeable and accommodating staff ensures a positive experience for everyone on board, finding the very best spots for whale watching or deep sea fishing, depending on your tour.

Here at Route 44 Toyota, we have an exciting selection of vehicles to get you where you’re going this spring. Stop by today to find the right fit for your family and Let’s Go Places this summer!

Go Green with a New Toyota Hybrid

Toyota has been a leader and innovator when it comes to hybrid technology and building environmentally friendly vehicles. Now with 8 hybrid models, the extensive selection allows you to get exactly what you’re looking for. There’s never been a better time to go green with a new Toyota hybrid!

New Toyota HybridIf you want to stay in the car realm, you have a choice between the Prius, Prius c, Prius v, Prius Plug-in, Camry and Avalon! The Prius was Toyota’s first major hybrid milestone and continues to get better and better ever year. The Prius c offers the highest city mpg of any vehicle without a plug with an EPA-estimated 53 mpg rating. The Camry and Avalon offer a little more space and power with great mpg ratings as well!

SUV lovers don’t worry, there’s a hybrid for you as well! Take your pick between the Highlander or RAV4, which was just recently announced. The Highlander offers all the space and power you want from a traditional SUV but not the gas guzzling. It gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The RAV4 won’t be available until later this year, but it too offers excellent fuel economy as well as all wheel drive.

Purchasing a hybrid allows you to reduce your own carbon footprint and do something great for the environment, while getting the new car perks you desire. Not to mention, the savings over time really add up when you’re not purchasing gas every other day! Come visit us at Route 44 Toyota for more information about going green with a new hybrid!

Toyota March Sales: Automaker Dominating Market

Toyota took American-based automakers Ford and General Motors to the cleaners last month. This is the first time since 2009 that Toyota was within arm’s length of taking the top two North American automakers down. In all, Toyota March sales rose nearly 5% compared to last year.

General Motors and Ford both saw a decline in sales compared to last year. Overall, General Motors is lagging behind with a 2.4% decline while Ford is worse off, dropping 3.4%. This doesn’t seem to be effecting predications that the auto market will move 17 million vehicles in 2015 though.

Toyota March SalesInterestingly, Toyota isn’t the only foreign automaker to see an increase in sales during March on American ground. Hyundai, Audi, and Kia all saw their sales improve as well. Still, they all pale in comparison to Toyota’s nearly 226,000 units sold in March.

As the largest global automaker, Toyota gaining traction in the United States is no surprise. The surprise is that the foreign automaker is beating out Ford and General Motors on their own turf. Sales were brought home by a 12% rise in the truck and SUV segments. Another surprise, as Toyota is more well-known for its cars.

Here at Route 44 Toyota we are ecstatic that Toyota is taking over the top spot from the North American automakers! Thanks to all of our great customers who have helped take Toyota to the top of the leader board!

What other surprises will Toyota have in store of us this year?

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving AwarenessWith the technology we have it can be tough to not get distracted when you’re behind the wheel of a car. April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and we want to give you some tips and tricks to use to help prevent you from getting distracted while driving.

  1. Use Your Cell Phone for Emergencies Only – Don’t use a cell phone, handheld or hands-free, while you’re driving unless it is an absolute emergency. Texting, talking, checking emails or playing games on your cell phone are extremely dangerous while you’re driving. If you absolutely need to make a call, pull over to the side of the road to be safe.
  2. Don’t Drive if You’re Drowsy – If you’re drowsy and driving it increases the risk of a crash by almost four times. If you feel tired, pull over and get off of the road. Do not try to get home faster as you could easily nod off.
  3. Limit the Number of Passengers – Limiting the number of passengers in the car can help keep you focused on driving and not what’s going on around you. If you’re a teen driver, or your child is, limit the amount of activity that is going on in the car. Driving with friends is very dangerous especially for new drivers.
  4. Avoid Eating While Driving – Everyone is busy but eating in your car while driving can be a big distraction. If you eat while you drive you are less attentive to the road and the drivers around you. If you spill your food that can cause you to jerk the car and hit someone else or run off of the road.
  5. Multi-Task Outside of the Car – Everyone spends a lot of time in their vehicle but multi-tasking while driving is never a good option. Whether it’s calling friends, looking for good music or even texting, it can wait until you’re not driving.

Here at Route 44 Toyota we understand the dangers of driving distracted. Stay focused when you drive and make sure to share these distracted driving tips with your family and friends to help them realize the dangers of distracted driving.

Toyota Earns Spot as New Olympic Games’ Sponsor

Toyota has earned a top spot on the podium. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it is now a member of The Olympic Partner (TOP) program, making the carmaker the new Olympic Games’ sponsor. This new sponsorship will put Toyota in charge of the Games’ mobility services, including vehicles and mobile solutions, giving the Japanese carmaker the perfect platform to show off its new fuel cell technology.

Toyota Fuel Cell - new Olympic Games' Sponsor“We will do everything possible to fulfill our new role in The Olympic Partner program, and justify the trust the IOC has placed in use, “said Toyota president Akio Toyoda. “The addition of a mobility category to the TOP Partner field is an important recognition of our entire industry. Under this Olympic flag, let us today reaffirm the power of sports to bring people together. And let us dedicate ourselves to creating a better world by promoting sports in the Olympic spirit of friendship, solidarity, and fair play.”

Toyota’s position as the newest Olympic Games’ sponsor will begin in 2017 after the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro and will last until 2024. If you are interested in seeing why Toyota has been chosen as the automaker of the Olympic Games, stop in to Route 44 Toyota today!

Let’s Go Places – Providence, RI

The New England area has a lot of history and a lot of interesting places you can visit. One place that isn’t far is Providence, RI. Providence has a lot of things you can do in a day or make a weekend stay out of it. Some ideas of places or things to do during your trip to Providence are below!

WaterFire – WaterFire Providence is a very popular and public event where thousands of residents and visitors come together in downtown Providence to enjoy an evening out with art. The award-winning sculpture is installed on three rivers of downtown Providence. It has over eighty sparkling bonfires that give off an aromatic wood smoke scent to get all of your senses engaged. Check their website for their lighting events this year!

Roger Williams Zoo – Roger Williams Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in our nation. It opened in 1872 and has been an integral part of New England’s history and heritage ever since. It’s located inside the historical and beautiful Roger Williams Park and is home to over 100 species of animals from all over the world. Make sure you leave plenty of time to see all of the wonderful exhibits at Roger Williams Zoo and plan your visit online!

Providence Performing Arts Center - Providence, RIProvidence Performing Arts Center – The Providence Performing Arts Center is the place to go when you’re looking for a great night out in Providence! They have a variety of shows, comedians and other events that go on. Check out their calendar of events to see the different shows they have during your visit.

Those are just a few of the great things that you can do while you visit Providence, RI. For more information about things you can do in Providence, click here. Before you take off on any spring or summer adventure, make sure you get your Toyota tuned up with our service department. Remember, Route 44 Toyota means more!

Spring into Spring with these Car Care Tips!

With spring officially here, it’s time to wash off all the salt, snow and dirt from your car that accumulated over winter. With routine maintenance you can extend the life of your car, truck or SUV and even experience better fuel economy. With the start of a new season, we wanted to bring you some great car care tips on how you can get your Toyota ready for the warmer weather!

Spring Car Care TipsWiper Blades – During the brutal winter we just experienced here in Massachusetts, your windshield wiper blades took a beating. Wiping away all of the salt, ice, snow and dirt made them work harder than they do during any other season. If you wiper blades have dried out or if they are no longer making full contact with the windshield, it’s time to replace them. Trust us you’ll be happy you did when we start experiencing those April rain showers!

Tires – Tire pressure changes with the outside temperature. After each season it’s always a good idea to check your tire pressure. The change of season also marks a good time to rotate your tires if you haven’t done so in the last 5,000 miles. This will help reduce the wear of your tires and extend their life.

Brakes – Driving around in that winter weather probably caused you to put a bit more pressure on your brakes than usual. With the snow, ice and salt on the roads, it can cause your brake parts to corrode.

Battery – The cold temperatures of winter cause the battery to work harder to get your car started. Get your battery tested in our service department to make sure it will last you through spring!

Spring Cleaning – Give your vehicle a good scrub, both inside and out. Leaving salt on your car can damage your paint which nobody wants to happen. By giving your car a good wash and wax, you’ll help extend its life. Make sure to vacuum or steam clean the interior looking new and to get all the salt from your shoes out of the carpet.

Stop by our service department at Route 44 Toyota and let us help get your vehicle ready for the spring weather! Make sure you visit our service coupons page to save even more!

Prius Gets Nod in Consumer Reports 2015 Top Picks

According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Prius is worth buying new. Not surprisingly, the publication also thinks the Prius is worth buying used.

Consumer Reports 2015 Top Picks - Toyota PriusThe Top Pick honor from Consumer Reports is based on an all-around evaluation. As they say, the award goes to models that “score high in our reliability Ratings and shine in automotive crash tests.”

The Toyota Prius took the prize in the Green Car category for the Consumer Reports 2015 Top Picks (as it did for the last 11 years). Toyota’s premier hybrid EV hits what CR calls a “sweet spot.” That sweet spot means that the Prius is affordable, highly fuel efficient as well as reliable.

In its Best Used Cars list, Consumer Reports listed the 2010-2013 Toyota Prius as one of the best models in the $15,000 to $20,000 range. “The Prius has always proved that you don’t have to give up space or ride comfort to get stellar gas mileage, and the redesigned 2010 model brought a quieter engine and standard electronic stability control.”

Nine Artists Chosen as Winners of Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

From a field of 30 finalists, nine US artists were chosen as winners of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Their journey will continue as their submissions represent the United States in the World Contest.

However, let us back up a step: Toyota asked a group of artists to imagine the future of mobility and draw their dream car. These artists have not trained at the top art schools; most haven’t even been through a high school art class, yet the ideas they came up with are nothing short of impressive.

The contest was open to young artists between the ages of four and 15. Every year, these artists have the opportunity to submit their drawings for a chance to win a trip to the World Contest in Japan, and ultimately inspire the next generation of transportation.

The nine US winners imagined vehicles that tackled some of the issues of today. “Animal Rescue Moving Center,” “Ultimate Toyota Medical Shuttle,” and “Tsunami Control with Toyota” are the names of some of the winning entries.

Each winner received an iPad Mini and an award certificate for the accomplishment.

“Toyota is proud to support our communities by providing our nation’s youth with this outlet for their imagination and talent,” said Mike Groff, Toyota Financial Services president & CEO. “These young artists represent our future leaders and designers, who will help shape the automotive industry in the years to come. To see their self-expression through art is truly exciting.”

You can view the winning pieces of art online. If their drawings inspire you, be sure to show us at Route 44 Toyota a picture of what your dream car would look like.