After purchasing your new Toyota, you'll be eager to do a lot with it once you get behind the wheel for the first time. You'll want to take it for a trip on the highway or a faraway voyage to a cottage. Or, you may simply want to play some music and get a feel for the car stereo system. Whatever you’re looking forward to most, there's a lot to enjoy once you've got your hands on a new Toyota.
But with such an investment comes responsibility. Toyota vehicle care requires a simple, yet diligent approach to ensure you get the best mileage out of your car while keeping it clean and fully functional. Georgetown Toyota recommends the following three methods to know your Toyota and its features.
1. Download Your Car Manual & Keep a Printout Handy
Your car manual should be something you look at for instructions and pointers to ensure your car runs in the best possible way, and these manuals are easier to access than ever before.
Toyota Owner’s Manuals are available for download online for the majority of vehicles manufactured from 2008 onwards. There are manuals online for Toyota models such as the Matrix, Corolla, 4Runner, Prius, Highlander, and many more. It helps to have a printout of your manual available so that you have solutions on-hand in case you encounter an issue with your Toyota.
On top of the basic manual, you can also access the Emergency Response Guide and Dismantling Manual for your vehicle. The latter is especially helpful for those of you who drive Toyota hybrids. Considering that Toyota hybrids have high-voltage battery packs, the guide and manual allow you to properly dismantle them in case of a collision. Such documents provide special guidance for the management of the high-voltage system. As a result, safety professionals and first responders can identify the presence of hybrid technology and act accordingly.
These manuals allow you to understand everything from how to handle the gearbox to how to check the transmission. You can also find out more information about your warranty, among other essential details that you may have missed (or forgotten) when you first purchased the Toyota. By having a Toyota Owner’s Manual, Toyota vehicle care becomes a lot more manageable.
2. Watch Toyota’s Informative Videos to Get the Most of Your Toyota’s New Features
In case you’ve looked over your Toyota’s Owner’s Manual and still don’t have a solid idea of how your Toyota’s new features work, you’re still covered.
Toyota has several videos with practical explanations detailing how these new features work. These videos range from interior comfort and convenience to safety, technology, traction, and lots more. For example, with interior comfort and convenience, there are videos exploring manual and automatic climate control, specially-made seats, and other aspects.
For the manual climate control, there is a video showing how certain Toyota vehicles have manual controls for the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The video explains how you can physically control the amount and source of airflow in the vehicle. The automatic climate control video shows you how to set your temperature preferences as well as defrosting and defogging.
The safety section is one of the most comprehensive from a visual perspective, with 14 videos for you to brush up on your knowledge. One video tells you how to monitor the tire pressure monitoring system, identifying the system sensor so that you know when it's time to check or change tires. Furthermore, you can learn how to improve driver awareness using the blind spot monitor function or using the rear cross traffic alert to help you avoid collisions while reversing. Other safety features such as the Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and braking systems are fully depicted.
Videos are also provided to explain the use of audio devices and how to make phone calls using built-in technology, voice recognition, and Bluetooth. If you have a car that uses a Toyota Entune 3.0 infotainment system, including connected vehicle services and enhanced driver convenience, there are visuals for that too. You will learn how to quickly access roadside assistance services, how to jump-start app suite services, operate your enhanced navigation system, and lots more.
Every video is short, yet very informative and full of useful pointers to assist you in controlling these features and becoming more accustomed to your Toyota.
3. Drive It Around the Neighbourhood to Get Familiar with the Controls and Other Features
Before you take your Toyota onto the nearest highway or go on that multi-hour road trip, it would be best for you to start simple and drive it around your neighbourhood. By going to your friend or family member's house in the area or to your local supermarket, you can better understand the nuances of your Toyota. You can test it at different speeds (just don't push whatever the limit is) and operate some of the special features your Toyota has to offer.
The more familiar you get with your Toyota in friendly environments, the easier it will be for you to transition when driving long distances. The last thing you want to be is inexperienced when operating a high-powered vehicle when out on the highway or in unfamiliar territory.
Plus, if you are having any trouble, your neighbours can assist if you need it to get a better understanding of your vehicle. Make your neighbourhood the first place to drive your Toyota when you get it from your local dealership.
If you have any further questions after using these measures to familiarize yourself with your Toyota, Georgetown Toyota can help. Georgetown Toyota serves not only customers living in Georgetown but also those in Mississauga and surrounding areas who are seeking a new or used vehicle. You'll also get quality customer service and advice when you visit Georgetown Toyota today!