Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety Tips

Toyota Supports Gold Star Spouses and Families


Toyota Financial Services recognizes the sacrifice made by military service members and their families, introducing a new program that waives the remaining lease payments for military customers who die or become catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The relatives of U.S. military members who have died while serving their country, for those who don’t know, are called Gold Star families. Toyota’s new program not only extends to Gold Star families, but it also includes service members who have been catastrophically injured.

If you are in need of utilizing this assistance, Toyota lease customers or their family…

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Make Sure Your Car Seat is Safe During National Safety Month


One of the leading causes of childhood deaths is preventable and you may be doing something incorrectly.  What if you found out that the problem is an issue with your car seat.

Buckle Up for Life is a national safety program from Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center that educates parents and caregivers about the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.

Since launching back in 2004, Buckle Up for Life has impacted more than 100,000 people and given more than 60,000 car seats to families in need. But the work is far…

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The 2019 Toyota Sienna


The 2019 Toyota Sienna is a family van that has seen some exceptional updates. The Sienna features the latest technological advances, with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay for all grades, as well as some new options available for the LE and SE grades.

For 2019, the Sienna receives an AWD drivetrain option for the SE grade. The Sienna SE AWD offers 18-in. 6-spoke gunmetal-finished alloy wheels, as well as 7-passenger seating with removable perforated leather-trimmed second-row lounge seat captain’s chairs with long-slide feature. The existing SE Preferred Package has been upgraded as well with Rear Park Assist Sonar and…

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2020 Toyota Highlander


Toyota is on a major roll with new SUVs, especially now that the next-generation of the three-row 2020 Highlander has debuting at the New York International Auto Show.

Just as the first RAV4 launched the compact crossover SUV segment 22 years ago, the original Highlander redefined the midsize family SUV when it arrived in 2001. Back then, it was a time when most midsize SUVs were truck-based, however, the Highlander’s unibody structure with four-wheel independent suspension quickly became the template for a new segment of more comfortable and family-friendly SUVs. Then, after adding a third row, the Highlander not…

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2019 Toyota Camry


The 2019 Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America for the past 16 years, continues to build on its already thrilling style, performance, and innovative safety and technology. The continued excitement over the eighth-generation sedan is the result of its total evolution that first debuted last model year.  The 2019 Toyota Camry has gone from a proven, dependable and safe car to one that adds a more exciting character, thanks to its much talked about newfound performance and style.

The Camry development team aimed for a design concept that achieves strong harmony between refinement, as well as a sensual athletic…

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Adds Host of New Upgrades


With competition in the midsize pickup segment heating up, the Toyota Tacoma says, “Bring it.” The Tacoma has been America’s best-selling midsize pickup for 14 years running, and the 2020 models are slated to be the best-equipped ever.

The Toyota Tacoma is often a perennial award winner for segment-leading value. The Tacoma line has set out to boost its appeal for 2020 with revised styling, expanded multimedia tech, added comfort and convenience features and, for the TRD Pro, additional off-road tech.

The Toyota Tacoma pickup, which features a design that is inspired by Toyota’s legendary desert race trucks…

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2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition


After six decades as a SUV icon, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is designed to meld exclusive design with added function. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition honors this legendary vehicle’s continuous evolution, from a bare-bones, mountain-climbing 4x4 to now a world-renowned, full-capability premium-luxury utility vehicle. The Heritage Edition celebrates the Land Cruiser’s continuous place in Toyota’s U.S. lineup since 1958. For the 2020 model year there will be 1,200 Heritage Editions available, with vehicles going on in late summer of 2019.

The 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, only offered as a two-row model…

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The Legend Returns - Say Hello to the 2020 Supra


The legend is returning! We’re excited to welcome back the Supra!

The fifth-generation GR Supra made its official debut in January 2019 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This debut has ended years of both speculation and anticipation among car enthusiasts around the world who have been clamoring for the return of this vehicle.

The 2020 Supra will be available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium. In addition, there will also be a Launch Edition which will be based on the 3.0 Premium grade.

Look forward to an exhilarating blend of power…

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Be Ready for the Busy Holiday Travel Season


The busy holiday travel season is upon us and this year, AAA is forecasting that more than one-third of Americans will be traveling for the season, which is an increase of 4.4% over last year. The biggest increase in travel since AAA has been tracking the statistic, starting back in 2001.

The majority of travelers will be doing so by vehicle and it’s expected that most drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion prior to the actual holiday week, starting on Wednesday, December 19, as both regular commuters and holiday travelers mix together on the roadways. The…

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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid


The 2020 Toyota Corolla was already big news for 2019. The Corolla has seen a complete bumper-to-bumper, fully encompassing transformation.  But wait, there’s more! In addition to these massive changes, there’s also going to be a new hybrid Toyota Corolla model introduced that achieves at least 50 mpg combined fuel economy (projected). That makes the 2020 Corolla Hybrid the most fuel-efficient model to ever wear the model name.

 The newly updated design isn’t the only incredible thing about the Corolla Hybrid. This high-efficiency model adapts the latest Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive from the new-generation Prius, already proven…

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This weekend is the Memorial Day holiday. Are you ready for the fun that is to be had? The grill is fired up, the pool is ready to be used, and millions of us will be hitting the roads to get to our holiday destinations.

Since Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, many Americans will be traveling for the weekend in near-record numbers. According to AAA, this year more than 41.5 million Americans will be traveling. That’s a nearly 5% increase over last year’s totals and the highest number of travelers than it has been in more than a dozen years. The increase in travelers is happening even despite the fact that gas prices are higher than they have been since 2014.

Still, the majority of travelers will be choosing to drive to their Memorial Day vacation destinations, which means that now is the time that you should start to make sure you are ready to make the drive. Therefore, we have some extremely helpful tips to make sure you have a safe holiday weekend.

If you’ve been neglecting your car, now is the time to get that tune up. You’re absolutely going to want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape. So, make you get your oil changed, your tire pressure checked, and that all your other issues have been addressed and everything is running optimized. Looking to save on service? Check out our service specials page!

Avoid driving during peak hours. If you are driving to your destination, it would be best to not drive when everyone else is hitting the road too. So, if you can, try not to leave when everyone else is. Consider leaving early on Friday morning, or coming home on Sunday evening.

Take lots of breaks. While it may be easy to just keep wanting to drive to get to your destination, it’s going to be important to stop when you feel those tell-tale signs of fatigue. So, stop, grab a cup of coffee and stretch your legs. Driving is monotonous. Don’t let it get to you.

One variable that can’t be predicted is how other drivers are on the road, so make sure you are on high alert while driving this weekend. Defensive driving during busy weekends like this is going to be imperative. In addition, while driving, make sure the entire car is buckled up. No excuses. Oh and if you have little ones in the back seat, make sure they are in proper safety seats.

Don’t speed this weekend. The police are always out in full force during holiday weekends. The last thing you want is an expensive ticket to ruin the start or end of your vacation festivities.

While we know you are planning for a great Memorial Day weekend, therefore we want you to drive in a smart and cautious way. Making sure you are safe along the way is something that is so easy to do, but is also easy to take for granted.

Want to make sure your vehicle is in proper order? Schedule a service appointment at Courtesy Toyota of Brandon today!

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