Technology Takes Center Stage During 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Debut


Toyota has always been a leader in the hybrid segment. Now, the Japanese carmaker has become a leader in the safety category, as well. During the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debut, Toyota not only introduced the first hybrid in the crossover segment—it also introduced a new, affordable suite of safety technologies that is sure to make a big impact on the industry.

The RAV4 Hybrid showed off its innovative powertrain, which combined a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two motors, while also showcasing Toyota’s brand-new Toyota Safety Sense program. This new program is a suite of safety features that will keep both you and your passengers safe. It includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic Hi-Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control all for the extraordinarily low price of just $500.

Along with its innovative powertrain and safety system, the RAV4 Hybrid also offers an All-Wheel-Drive system for those who plan on going off road while being eco-friendly. If you are interested in learning more about the innovative Toyota Safety Sense program or the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid crossover, contact Bill Walsh Toyota today.

April Is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

We’ve all seen it—someone sitting in their car and doing some serious multi-tasking: driving, texting, eating, and who knows what else. While being this productive can be good in other parts of your life; behind the wheel, it is extremely dangerous.

April is national Distracted Driver Awareness month and we’re going to share some valuable tips that we hope will help make you a more conscious driver.

One of the primary culprits in distracted driving is, of course, your phone. It can be hard to ignore that little jingle from your phone, but making safety a priority will keep you and those around you safer. Did you know that at any moment in the United States, there are 660,000 drivers using a phone behind the wheel? These drivers are at least three times more likely to get into an accident than those who aren’t distracted.

In addition to phone use, distracted driving includes eating behind the wheel, adjusting your radio, grooming, and even talking to passengers. While some of these activities are nearly unavoidable (you probably have to talk to your kids in the backseat from time to time), you should make every effort to stay focused on the road.

One simple way to do this is to put your phone away and only use it while you’re parked. You can also commit to not doing other things, like eating, while you’re driving. With a few simple changes, you can keep yourself and drivers around you a little bit safer.

Battery Maintenance Tips to Start Car Care Month Out Right

Follow these battery maintenance tips!
Cleaning its tray goes a long way in keeping the battery secure.

April is Car Care Month, a time of the year to really pay attention to your car’s needs and make sure everything is running smoothly and effectively. One of the most important parts in any vehicle is that of the engine that keeps it running.

To guide you this month, we’ve put together a short list of battery maintenance tips:

  • Remember that overcharging, and undercharging can contribute to the battery’s decay over time. Try to avoid these behaviors as much as possible.
  • Park in a garage over the winter instead of outside, which will keep the engine from getting too cold.
  • Keep the engine clean by removing the clamps and wiping away grease, dirt and oxidation.
  • Make sure your battery is secure in its spot by keeping the battery tray clean and occasionally checking up on its position.
  • And of course – have a professional check out your entire car routinely to spot anything you may have missed.

Do you have any other great car engine maintenance tips? Let us know what you think in the comments.

TEDsters Have Fun on the Toyota i-Road

Toyota recently stormed a TED conference to see what the people prone to think about such things might think about the Toyota i-Road. The response was favorable, to say the least.

The i-Road is a personal mobility vehicle—a vehicle that seeks to a part of the transportation solution rather than being part of the transportation problem. That problem includes issues like emission pollution, hyper-congestion, overcrowding, noise pollution, among many others.

How does the i-Road solve these things? First of all, it does so by being small. You could describe it as Phys.org did, as “a cross between a zippy scooter and an eco-friendly electric car.” It’s all-electric, rides on three wheels (two up front, one in the rear). A three-hour charge will get you 30 miles of range.

The most brilliant aspect of the i-Road is just how fun it is to drive. That’s important with green vehicles because it makes them that much more appealing. Jason Schulz of Toyota Motor Sales USA, who was on-hand for the tests at TED, said, “It is just a total blast to drive. We have seen so many ‘Tedsters’ come out of the car smiling and happy.”