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San Francisco Toyota’s Must-Know Safety Tips for Sharing the Road

Toyota Summer Driving Tips InfographicThis summer, people will be taking on the road with different methods of transportation. At San Francisco Toyota we’re partial to cars, but it is important to prioritize safety and share the road with everyone.

Practicing good safety with motorcycles involves maintaining a safe distance behind them. Since motorcyclists can slow down by shifting to a lower gear, their brake lights do not always turn on. Additionally, since they are much smaller, your car poses a much bigger threat to them than they to you. Always signal what your next move will be, and take the time to look all around you before merging, braking, or turning. Continue Reading →

Five Must-Know Car Seat Safety Tips from Toyota

toyota buckle up for lifeThe sun is shining, the heat is sweltering, and you don’t need to hold a seashell up to your ear to hear the ocean calling your name. Summer is the season for travel, and nothing beats a good old-fashioned road trip.

Before you leave, make sure your children are safe and secure. Three in four car seats are installed incorrectly, and motor vehicle crashes are still the number one causes of death among children.

To combat these figures, Toyota has teamed up with Cincinatti Children’s Hospital to produce Buckle Up for Life, the national child passenger safety program. To keep your family safe, San Francisco Toyota is sharing Buckle Up for Life’s important safety tips with you. Continue Reading →

Ask a San Francisco Toyota Technician: Why Is My Car Dripping Oil After an Oil Change?

Checking engine oilQ. I just got the oil changed in my car, and a couple of days later I noticed my car was dripping a little bit of oil. What’s going on? Is this related to the oil change? Is this normal?

San Francisco Toyota says: You shouldn’t have any drips after an oil change if it was done properly. A few things can go wrong and cause the drips you’re seeing. Continue Reading →

Two Toyota Vehicles Named to ’10 Best Green Cars of 2015′ List by KBB.com

2015 Toyota Camry HybridSan Francisco Toyota is proud to announce that the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2015 Toyota Prius landed on KBB.com’s “10 Best Green Cars of 2015.” Every year, KBB.com makes a list of vehicles to celebrate Earth Day composed of the most efficient, valuable, and appealing fuel-efficient new vehicles on the market. This year is the Camry Hybrid’s first appearance on the list, while the Prius is a repeat from year’s past.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid has been slightly updated for 2015. Updated interior and crisper driving response have made the car fresher and more fun to drive. The Camry Hybrid is the first midsize sedan to include a wireless charging station, a feature that allows drivers to charge on the go. With EPA-estimated 43/39 city/highway mpg,* this sedan is not one you want to pass up. Continue Reading →

5 Common Ways Drivers Lose Fuel Efficiency and How to Avoid Them

out of gas gaugeThe advertised fuel efficiency of your car will normally be an estimate of the maximum output the vehicle can achieve under certain conditions. In reality, your car’s fuel efficiency will vary considerably based on how you drive it among other factors. If you’re looking to get the most from your car, read about the five following common ways that drivers lose fuel efficiency—and ways to avoid them from San Francisco Toyota.

  • Constant heavy acceleration. Accelerating puts more demand on the engine, forcing it to burn more fuel. Your fuel consumption is related directly to how hard the engine is working. Constant heavy acceleration simply burns fuel with no real benefit. This includes racing away from traffic lights or zooming up to traffic on the highway and then having to hit the brakes hard. Drive moderately, accelerating steadily and smoothly to avoid guzzling gas.

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