Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in Summer

Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in SummerIt isn’t even summer yet and the heat is already getting into cars, making them generally miserable to drive until they cool down. It’s never too early to start following these tips for keeping your car cool in summer.

Parking your car in the shade is one of the best ways to keep your car from getting too hot, especially in a garage, if you have one. Also consider leaving the windows down on sunny days with little chance of rain, if you feel comfortable with it. Invest in a reflective sun shade to put in your windshield.

To cool your car off quickly, put your fan on high and close the upper vents so only the vents by your feet are putting out air. This forces the hot air up through the open windows. Once the hot air is out, you can open the vents again.

A good way to keep your seats cool, especially when you have dark leather or vinyl seats, is to throw a damp towel over them. This will absorb the heat from the sun and keep your legs from getting burned when you sit down.

Keep These Tips in Mind When Driving in the Rain

Driving in the Rain

Spring is officially upon us, and you know what that means: rain. So much rain. The old adage “April showers bring May flowers” warns us of the impending storms. So what’s a driver to do?

 

Prepare yourself for spring weather by checking out these tips for driving in the rain:

  • If possible, try to avoid driving in the rain, and keep in mind that the most dangerous time to drive is right after it starts raining.
  • Never use cruise control when it’s raining and try not to drive through small puddles, in an attempt to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Never, ever attempt to drive through large puddles, as merely a foot or two of water can make your vehicle lose touch with the ground.
  • Be sure that your vehicle has a well-stocked first aid kit prepared, in the event of an accident.
  • Lastly, leave much more room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you than you normally would.

Do you have any other rainy weather tips? Stay safe this spring, and to start your season out with a new vehicle, visit us at Krause Toyota.

Toyota Hosts 2017 Prius Prime Reveal at New York Auto Show, Gets Record Fuel Economy

At the New York International Auto Show, Toyota wasn’t content to just release a few updated models and ideas. Additionally, the automaker hosted the reveal of the all-new 2017 Prius Prime, previewing an upcoming hybrid vehicle said to get up to 120 mpg.

Compared to the previous Prius model, these fuel economy stats represent an improvement of 26%. And in fact, according to the EPA, the average Prius model already gets about 54 combined mpg, making the Prius Prime that much more astounding.

Additionally, the Prius Prime will be able to drive about 22 miles on a charge alone before it needs to switch to gasoline. Plus, the electricity can be re-charged as quickly as in 5.5 hours with a 120-v outlet.

A Toyota executive said at the reveal that the 22-mile range is enough for about 50% of Americans to get from work to home, without needing to waste even the tiniest bit of gasoline.

To learn more or to check out the current Toyota models, visit us anytime at Krause Toyota.

Things to Do in Allentown, Pennsylvania

 

We at Krause Toyota know how great Allentown, Pennsylvania is. It is filled with many fun things to do for the whole family! Not sure where to start? Here are three very different ideas for possible things to do in Allentown:

 

Dorney Park in Allentown, PA
By Retromoderns

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom – This is a premier amusement park in the Lehigh Valley, with both the traditional amusement rides and a water park. There are many exciting roller coasters, thrill rides, and of course water rides.

 

America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, PA
By Alphageekpa at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

America on Wheels Museum – This is a great museum with both permanent and touring exhibits. There are many subjects on display, such as different types of wheels, pedal cars, fire engines, and more. There is also a 1950s themed café and gift shop.

Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania
By Alphageekpa at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Allentown Art Museum – A smaller museum, but home to an amazing collection of fine Renaissance and European art. There are many other interesting art exhibits, including a rotating temporary exhibition.

 

Of course, there are many other favorites such as baseball games at Coca-Cola Park or the PPL Center where different events occur on a regular basis. We at Krause Toyota encourage you to get out and explore all that Allentown has to offer!

Meet the New Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota’s next crossover was set to debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but images were leaked online prior to the official premier. The pictures show the production version of the Toyota C-HR Concept. This vehicle was first shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. We at Krause Toyota are excited by the potential production of this thrilling crossover.

Toyota C-HR Concept
Toyota C-HR Concept at 2016 CAS

The vehicle exterior has bold lines across the body and is built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). This is the same architecture which the new Prius built upon. The crossover also appears to have angular headlamps with a sleek grille, which is similar to the RAV4. The impression is of a futuristic crossover, with a sloping coupe-like roofline, boomerang-shaped LED taillights, and a raised stance.

There will be a gasoline-hybrid powertrain coupled with a Continuously Variable Transmission, although there may be other engine options available at a later date.

Europeans will have first dibs on the new Toyota CH-R. Once on the market, this crossover will be placed below the RAV4 in the Toyota lineup. More details will emerge as time goes on, and hopefully we will see the new CH-R in the states.

How Hybrids Work: Eco-Friendly Technology Explained

Toyota is known for its innovative technologies and eco-friendly designs, including hybrid and alternative-fuel systems. In fact, the Toyota Prius was the first commercially-available hybrid on the market. Nonetheless, hybrid models still might puzzle some drivers.

how hybrids work

According to fueleconomy.gov, hybrids combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor system in order to optimize fuel economy and lower emissions. This can also increase performance, and the technology is now used for a range of applications, from power tools to commercial transport.

Most hybrids come with a small gas engine and an electric motor. The motor can be charged by an outlet (plug-in hybrid) or through the gas engine and a generator. The electricity is mostly used to supplement the power of the engine, using it for passing, accelerating, or at low speeds. Energy is stored in a battery system, and can also be generated by Regenerative Braking Technology, a system that uses the friction of the brakes to create energy.

Another cool system is Automatic Start/Shutoff, a system that automatically shuts off the engine when you come to a full stop, and that restarts when the accelerator is pressed. This limits the amount of time you spend idling, essentially getting 0 mpg.

Toyota hybrid models include the Prius, Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, Prius c, and Prius v models. For more info, stop by Krause Toyota.

Toyota Historically Black Colleges and Universities Donations Celebrate MLK Jr.

Toyota Historically Black Colleges and Universities Donations Celebrate MLK Jr.In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is continuing its support of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the US. By providing up to $60,000 in support this year, Toyota was able to fund several scholarships that promote diversity in education.

The schools Toyota is donating to include Bennett College of North Carolina, Tuskegee University in Alabama, South Carolina State University, Wiley College in Texas and North Carolina Central. According to Toyota, the brand has also set aside funds for the Tom Joyner Foundation.

“We’re really excited to work with our new partner Toyota Financial Services,” said Thomas Joyner, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation.  “The support of these scholarships is a really important step in helping these students complete their college education and, in the long run, help sustain these HBCUs.”

In the US, the college graduation rate for black students is only 42%, as opposed to 62% for white students, and lack of financial support is cited as one of the major factors in this disparity. The Toyota Historically Black Colleges and Universities donations are designed to combat this, illustrating one of the many ways the brand gives back to its communities.

IIHS Gives Toyota Nine Top Safety Pick+ Awards

Toyota and Scion models

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, or IIHS, spends year after year testing a variety of different vehicles from many different manufacturers and determining their level of safety. Many cars are granted the prestige of the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ title. This year, the IIHS has given Toyota and the company’s sub-brands Scion and Lexus a total of nine Top Safety Pick+ awards, more than any other company in the auto business.

The IIHS made the criteria for 2016’s Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ categories more difficult to meet, but after Toyota added a pre-collision system to both the Avalon and the RAV4, both vehicles reached the Institute’s standards for a superior rating for front crash prevention. The Scion iA, which also comes standard with a pre-collision system, received an advanced rating. Other vehicles that took home the title include the Toyota Prius v, Toyota Camry, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus ES, Lexus RC, and Lexus NS.

All vehicles from Toyota that earned the Top Safety Pick+ award achieved at least a rating of good in all five crashworthiness tests, in addition to coming equipped with available front collision prevention systems. Toyota’s continued dedication and commitment to safety and quality shines through the acceptance of these awards.

Toyota Environmental Plans Aim for Greener Production Methods

Toyota began implementing a ten-year plan to reduce environmental impact as far back as 2010, and as 2015 draws to a close, the company is sitting at a halfway point with five years’ worth of goals left to accomplish. Toyota environmental plans ultimately aim to use more renewable energy and hydrogen-based production methods in a continuous progression towards reducing CO2 emissions.

Toyota has already checked a number of goals off of its self-proclaimed “environmental to-do list.” Some of these include launching a zero emissions vehicle with a range of over 300 miles – accomplished by the Toyota Mirai – as well as other tasks like using landfill gas as an energy source, saving over 54 gallons of water, reusing hybrid batteries, and certifying over 1,000 acres of land to the Wildlife Habitat Council. Future goals include annual global sales for fuel cell vehicles of over 30,000 units, as well as investigating and implementing other forms of renewable energy, such as wind power.

Toyota environmental plans are just a small slice of the company’s true goal – to complete eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the auto industry as a whole by 2050. It’s a lofty goal, but as Toyota continues to check task after ambitious task off of its to-do list, that dream comes closer and closer to becoming a reality.

Check Out These Snow Shoveling Tips Before the Year’s First Storm

Snow Shoveling Tips

Already dreading the impending snowfall this year, and the inevitable snow shoveling that will follow? Whether you’re a staunch believe in “shovel in stages” or “shovel it all at once,” here are some snow shoveling tips to help you out:

  • First of all, invest in quality materials. Ditch your old, broken shovel and buy some new, durable gloves.
  • Try to shovel the snow whenever the sun is shining. You will be less cold, and perhaps some of the snow could even melt.
  • If you’re tired, take a break! A back injury is much worse than a snowy driveway.
  • Once you’re done, be sure to lay down some rock salt, perhaps preventing more snow in the future.
  • Find out if anyone in your neighborhood is offering snow-shoveling services, which is a great way for stronger kids to earn money.
  • If all else fails, give in and buy yourself a snow blower.

For more winter weather tips, or to explore one of our many winter-ready vehicles, contact us or visit us anytime at Krause Toyota Scion.

Your Allentown, PA Toyota Dealer