Toyota is a popular automobile manufacturer for a reason. Toyotas are comfortable, reliable, and safe. Really safe. For some time, Toyota has offered one of the safest overall lineups, earning more Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + awards than any other manufacturer. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is one of many Toyotas on the list.
The Top Safety Pick + award is the highest one given by the IIHS. To qualify, an automobile must pass five different crash tests with good ratings. These tests examine a vehicle’s front end, its sides, its roof strength, and its head restraints. A vehicle must also have acceptable or good headlight ratings. If a vehicle can pass all of these standards, then the IIHS rating will indicate that it is one of the safest options in its vehicle class.
With so many advanced safety features and technologies, there are many automobiles who receive these awards from the IIHS. However, Toyota’s mid-size SUV is an exceptional example. Where most other vehicles only meet these safety ratings with the addition of optional features, the 2017 Highlander is safe and secure from the get-go, no matter which trim you choose. It’s the standard safety in the 2017 Toyota Highlander that makes it a Top Safety Pick plus. The Highlander is one of many Top Safety Pick Toyota vehicles, and one of many ways in which Toyota continues to put the customer’s best interest first.
Once you take every safety system into account, the braking system likely tops the list. Although new technology has made driving much safer, many of the systems, particularly those involving collision avoidance, are useless without a proper functioning braking system. Take care of your brakes to ensure all your systems are good to go on the road. Here are some of the most obvious and common signs you need new brakes from us here at Krause Toyota.
1.Squealing – A hard-to-miss sign that your brake pads need to be replaced, a high-pitched squeal is caused by metal hitting metal. In this case, the built-in indicator strips in the worn brake pads are hitting the rotors, causing the annoying squealing sound. If you hear this, you should take your car in for service as soon as possible to have the pads replaced.
2. Pulling – If your car pulls to either side when braking, odds are the brake lines are wearing unevenly or there’s something in the brake fluid that shouldn’t be there. Take your vehicle to a dealership for a quick fix before it becomes an expensive repair.
3. Sight – One of the best ways to see if you need new brakes is to literally see them. Look through the wheel spokes and you’ll likely see the brake pad pushed against the rotor. If the pad has more than a quarter-inch on it, there’s no need to worry just yet. If there is less than that, though, make a service appointment in the near future for a new set of brake pads.