Tips for Driving in Icy Conditions

Icy Road- driving in Icy Conditions
Our best tip for driving in icy conditions is: don’t. If it’s possible to avoid it, make sure you do!

We all know that with winter weather comes tough road conditions. This is why you want to be able to tackle the road, safely. You might know how to drive in snow, but how about ice? Here are some tips for driving in icy conditions.

 

  1. Slow Down. This may seem obvious, but slowing down makes it much easier for you to control your car on the ice. The faster you go, the more slippage can occur, especially above 45 miles per hour.
  2. Lighten Up on Brakes. Your ABS (antilock brake system) has more difficulty working in icy conditions. The harder you are on your brakes, the more they will lock up, which causes the sliding of your wheels. It is okay to use your brakes, just be gentle and pump them as you stop to avoid losing traction.
  3. Avoid Hills & Curves. Hilly and curvy roads can be especially hard to drive on when the roads are icy. Because of the extra work your car needs to do on these roads (acceleration and maneuvering), it’s more likely that your car will slip or slide.
  4. Stay Home. If you really want to be safe, decide whether it’s absolutely necessary to go anywhere. If not, then avoid driving and just stay home.

 

Come down to Shults Toyota today for questions and advice on tackling those winter roads.

Twin-Turbo Toyota Land Speed Cruiser Concept Set to Become Fastest SUV Ever

2017 Land Cruiser – twin-turbo Toyota Land Cruiser Speed Concept
The 2017 Land Cruiser can already speed through some pretty tough terrain. The twin-turbo Toyota Land Cruiser Concept is modified to go even faster.

If you are like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights and want to go fast, then Toyota has just the vehicle for you—and it’s not a sports car. The Japanese carmaker just introduced a twin-turbo Toyota Land Speed Cruiser Concept that is sure to knock your socks off while driving. The concept, which was unveiled during the 2016 SEMA Show, is about to break record books with its powerful powertrain.

This specially made vehicle is capable of reaching a top speed of 220 miles per hour, while churning out more than 2,000 horsepower—but you wouldn’t think it’s that fast just by looking at it.

“From outside, the Land Speed Cruiser appears quite normal, quite subtle,” said Chuck Wade, the motorsports technical center manager who built the Cruiser with his team of engineers. “This is what makes it so special. Every single system and component has been touched. The trick is getting the body back onto the heavily modified frame.”

To create such a powerful SUV, Wade’s team took off the outer shell of a 2016 Land Cruiser, outfitting it with the brand’s powerful 3UR-FE 5.7-liter V8 engine. This engine has a volleyball-sized turbocharger flanking each bank of cylinders to increase the power and is linked to an ATI transmission.

While this powerful vehicle isn’t going to be available in dealerships anytime soon, it’s still incredible to think about the amount of muscle it has under its hood. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Toyota Land Cruiser, then stop into Shults Toyota.

Holiday Events in Bradford to Bring in the Season

New Years Eve Decorations
Bradford has a lot of fun events over the holidays, including the First Night in downtown Bradford. First Night Bradford offers family fun New Years entertainment for all ages.

Throughout the holidays, there are a number of activities and events that you can take part in. Luckily, Bradford is home to multiple festivals that are easy to plan for. Take the stress out of planning your family’s holiday season with these holiday events in Bradford are a great place to start.

Old Fashioned Christmas.

Watch Bradford’s National Historic District come alive with holiday spirit during Old Fashioned Christmas. During this event, the area’s picturesque streets turn into something out of history. Carolers serenade passerby, storefronts boast decorations galore, and people travel in horse-drawn carriages, creating a lovely winter atmosphere for all. This event, which will be held on December 10th, will also have sales and specials at select stores on Main Street, which will make it easy to get started on your holiday shopping.

 First Night Bradford.

Starting the New Year off on the right food has never been easier to plan, thanks to First Night Bradford. This public festival will have fun-filled entertainment for all ages, showcasing regional and local talent. Held on December 31st in Downtown Bradford on Main Street, this event is the perfect way to include your family in New Year’s Eve celebrations.

This holiday, get out and see Bradford in a lens through which you have never seen it before!

Bradford to Host the Seventh Annual Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade

Santa Riding in A Car During the Christmas parade
Make plans to attend the Seventh Annual Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade this Friday in downtown Bradford.

Now that we are in the month of November, it seems like Christmas is approaching faster than ever. Here in the Bradford area, we love Christmas. It might be our favorite holiday of the year. As such, the city of Bradford hosts several events to help put people into the festive spirit. One of these events is cruising our way soon.

On Friday, November 18, Bradford will host the Seventh Annual Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade.

The Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade is a lively celebration of the Christmas season that bring the members of the Bradford area together for some yuletide fun.

Businesses and organizations from around the city can work together to design and build floats for the parade. Not only will those floats be put on display for the entire city to see, but they can also help the organizations that made them earn prizes and awards.

Other categories into which residents can enter include best musical arrangements, best dance routines, and best human Christmas Tree.

If you are looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the season, then you need look no further than the Seventh Annual Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade here in Bradford, Pennsylvania! We hope to see you all there.

Toyota Donates Platinum Edition Toyota Tundra to Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient John Philip Baca

Toyota Tundra Platinum Edition
Toyota donated a Platinum Edition Toyota Tundra to Baca after the American Solidaer Network reached out to Toyota explaining that Baca needed transportation.

Veterans Day is just a few days away, a time where we show our gratitude to the veterans who have fought for our safety and freedom. Toyota is dedicated to helping veterans across the country in any way that they can. Recently, Toyota was able to help one of those veterans through a special initiative.

According to a recent Toyota press release, Toyota donated a Platinum Edition Toyota Tundra to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient John Philip Baca.

Baca and his service dog, JoJo, found themselves in need of transportation. The American Soldier Network (ASN) discovered this and reached out to Toyota for assistance. Toyota, always ready to lend a hand of support to the veterans of our country, donated one of its Platinum Edition Toyota Tundra models to Baca for him to use.

“As a veteran myself, I can truly understand the many perils that John and his fellow troops endured defending our nation,” said Toyota Veterans Association President Michael Smith. “It gives me great pleasure to present him with this Tundra on behalf of Toyota and our team members across America as just a small token of our gratitude to him for his service.”

When it comes to supporting and assisting our troops, Toyota is always ready to go the extra mile!

Incredible Human Waste Hydrogen Fueling Toyota Mirai in Japan

Toyota Mirai - Human Waste Hydrogen Fueling
While the hydrogen fueling technology available in the Toyota Mirai is a great form of alternative energy, we don’t know if we are on the human waste hydrogen fueling band wagon just yet.

These days, there are all sorts of different fuel-efficient ways to power cars. With all the new green technology that crops up month after month, you would think we are beyond surprises at this point. You would be wrong.

The latest? Toyota is using one of the most naturally occurring resources available to fuel the Toyota Mirai: human waste.

That’s right, at a wastewater processing plant in Fukuoka, Japan, human waste is being put through a cycle that ultimately turns it into pure hydrogen in order to fuel the Toyota Mirai. Now that’s what we call recycling.

There doesn’t appear to be any plans to conduct such business here in the United States anytime soon, but it’s true that we are sorely in need of more hydrogen fuel sources. Unless you live in New York or L.A., it would not be too easy to fuel a Mirai due to a lack of infrastructure.

Apparently, we drivers in America are just behind the times, as this sort of technology has been part of the infrastructure of many other countries, such as India, for years.

Want to see what else Toyota is working on besides human waste hydrogen? Contact us or visit us anytime at Shults Toyota to see what we have available!

Stop by One of the Nation’s Best Free Museums, The Zippo/Case Museum

Zippo Lighter
At the Zippo/Case Museum, you can see thousands of Zippo lighters like the one pictured here.

We are so happy to have our dealership located in Bradford, where there are a surprising amount of opportunities to play and learn every single day, such as the Zippo/Case Museum.

Every year, fans from all over the world visit the Zippo/Case Museum, right here in Bradford. This incredible museum is more than 15,000 square feet, offering a Zippo Repair Clinic, the Zippo/Case flagship store, and more.

When you approach the museum, you will know exactly where you are. In fact, custom-made Zippo street lighters adorn the path to the building, where a 40-foot Zippo lighter welcomes you inside with a neon flame.

Best of all, the Zippo/Case museum is available for self-guided tours, allowing you explore the museum at your own pace. Perhaps best of all: admission is totally free.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. It is handicap accessible, offers free bus parking, and is open to tour groups.

For more information about the Zippo/Case museum and what events they offer, you can go to their website. And of course, if you are in the area, why not come visit us at Shults Toyota? Our enormous selection of vehicles may just include your next car!

Shake Up Your Halloween Traditions with Trunk or Treat

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Start a new tradition by heading to a trunk or treat with your kids!

Halloween is undoubtedly one of the most spirited times of the year across the country, bringing together both children and adults with spooky and creative costumes. And, of course, the annual candy haul that comes from trick-or-treating is a nice bonus, too.

The regular old Halloween traditions can get a bit stale. And so, we present to you a new Halloween festivity: trunk or treat.

Trunk or Treat

For trunk or treat, people decorate their trunks similarly to how you may decorate your porch on Halloween night, meet in a central location, and kids can go from trunk to trunk to collect candy.

This is a particularly clever idea if the houses in your area are very far apart, or if you are uncomfortable letting your child trick-or-treat in a larger area. Trunk or treat offers a safe, easy alternative to trick-or-treating, with all the flair that comes with it.

Wherever you are located, there is likely to be a trunk or treat event hosted somewhere nearby. Various trunk or treat events have taken place right here in Bradford in the past. Churches and schools frequently host trunk or treat events, and if you have enough neighbors in mind, perhaps you could host your own!

There are tons of themes that you could embrace for trunk or treat, but whatever you choose, be sure to decorate safely. For safety tips and more, visit us anytime at Shults Toyota.

Toyota Invests $22 Million Towards Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Toyota i-Road Vehicle - Toyota Autonomous Technology
Toyota’s been dedicated to developing new technology since Day 1. They’ve pledged to spend $1 billion developing new autonomous vehicle technology. The $22 million they are giving to the Toyota Research Institue is just a geat place to start.

Throughout the automotive industry, companies seem to be racing to be the first to produce automatic vehicles, but it’s clear that one automaker is truly committing to a big change. Just recently, Toyota pledged $22 million to autonomous vehicle technology.

Specifically, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will give the money to University of Michigan faculty over four years, who will spend it on the development of cars that can drive without the aid of a human driver.

Toyota Research Institute

The university also works on other autonomous tech, mostly including robotics and mobility devices that will aid the disabled, such as stair-climbing wheelchairs. The TRI’s money will benefit these programs as well, expanding the university’s opportunities.

Toyota’s Donations

Toyota has previously pledged to donate $1 billion towards autonomous tech over the coming years, so this $22 million is just a taste of what Toyota can do. Such a large monetary commitment to autonomous technology indicates that Toyota might just be the first automaker to offer self-driving cars to the public.

We can’t wait to see what Toyota and the University of Michigan can make together in the next four years. In the meantime, to see what Toyota currently has in store, visit us anytime here at Shults Toyota.

Amazing Technologies Featured in Toyota Vehicles

2017 Toyota Camry Technology
When considering a new vehicle, one of top things many people consider is new technology. Toyota’s latest vehicles all have the latest technology including hands free phone access and connectivity.

In today’s technologically-advanced world, vehicles need to be more than a means to get from Point A to Point B. They must also serve as a central hub for technology, and no other automotive brand understands this better than Toyota. That’s why Toyota offers drivers more technology than any other brand of vehicle! We decided to compile a list of just a few of the amazing technologies featured in Toyota vehicles.

Voice Recognition

One of the first things you learn at driving school is to keep both hands on the wheel. However, with so many systems to work inside your vehicle, this is often easier said than done. Voice Recognition makes it easier said and easier done, requiring the use of no hands to access some of your vehicle’s most important systems!

Bluetooth® Access to Your Phone Book

Drivers have always wanted a safe way to make calls from the inside of their vehicle’s cabin. Now they can, with Toyota’s combination of Bluetooth® Hands-Free calling and access to their phone book and contacts.

Entune™ Premium Audio

Drivers were impressed when Satellite Radio granted them access to more radio stations than ever before. Therefore, drivers will be blown away by Toyota’s Entune™ Premium Audio, which grants them access to several music streaming apps!

For some of the latest and greatest vehicle technologies, you can never go wrong with a Toyota!