Safe Driving Advice: Holiday Travel Tips

holiday travel tips

As if the holidays aren’t stressful enough, they had to put them in the coldest and iciest months of the year, right when driving to your relative’s house two states away could not be less appealing. If you’re one of those unfortunate long distance drivers, follow these holiday travel tips to make your drive as safe and low-stress as possible.

First, before you leave, take your car for a checkup at the dealer. You don’t want to travel in a car that can’t take the distance or the cold. Once you’re given the all-clear, start preparing your vehicle and put together an emergency kit. This will come in handy in case you go skid off the road or have a breakdown.

When you drive long distances, you should only drive when you’re completely awake. Get a good night sleep the night before the trip and keep snacks and water in the car to keep you hydrated and energized. If you’re with another person who can drive, switch off frequently!

Figure out the route and driving times with the least traffic—this will bring down your stress levels and make it safer to drive.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments below! Happy holidays, folks! Drive safe!

Toyota Uses Virtual Reality Technology to Teach Safe Driving

Virtual Reality Technology

Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program utilizes Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to teach teens the dangers of distracted driving.

Toyota launched a new TeenDrive365 distracted driving simulator at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, which uses Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to teach safe driving to teens and parents alike.

The simulator involves getting behind the wheel of a real Toyota car and putting on the Oculus Rift gaming headset, before being fully immersed in a virtual reality driving experience. Participants will see the sights and hear the sounds of busy city streets, which they are challenged to navigate safely while also having to manage traffic noises, the radio, text messages, and talkative virtual friends in the front and back seats. If they lose focus, they’ll experience the dangers of distracted driving without any of the harms.

At Dick Dyer Toyota, we think that’s a great way of getting the lesson across. In fact, over 10,000 people have already tried the simulator, and nearly 80 percent have said they would reduce distractions because of the experience!

Drive Safely with Toyota TeenDrive365

As your teen heads back to school, are you doing everything that you can to make sure you are teaching him/her safe driving habits?

Of course the answer in everyone’s head is yes…right?! Well regardless of your answer, Toyota has developed a great program for parents and their teens called TeenDrive365. The program gives parents all of the necessary resources in order to teach your teens safer driving habits.

The program has everything from a safe driving pledge, to statistics and facts, cross-country events and even videos where Toyota TeenDrive365 tests some common things people do while in their cars.

It’s a well known fact that children learn most of their habits from their parents. This is not any different with driving. With the help from Toyota, we can develop the next generation of safe drivers.

Interested in a good car to send your teen to school in? Check out our inventory or stop by and see us!