Summer is here and it’s the perfect time for a family road trip! If you plan on getting out on the road in your new SUV, it’s important that you stay safe. You may have heard that SUVs are prone to rollovers, and that is due to a couple of reasons. Toyota of Orlando wants to keep you safe on your road trip, so we’re offering safe driving tips and ways to prevent Toyota SUV rollovers!
Reasons for Toyota SUV rollovers
When an SUV rolls over, it’s typically not a freak accident. Instead, it’s because of a driver’s actions. New Toyota SUVs in Orlando come standard with top-of-the-line safety systems, but it cannot prevent how someone drives or handles the vehicle. Speaking scientifically, SUVs have a higher center of gravity than the average sedan or coupe. It is taller than most vehicles, which increases the chance of a rollover. The chances increase even more when your vehicle is packed over maximum capacity.
Every vehicle has a payload capacity, and that it because it as much weight as the vehicle can safely hold. Before you begin to pack your Orlando Toyota SUV with luggage, bags, coolers and other items for your summer road trip, make sure you consult your owner’s manual. Inside, you’ll find the maximum payload weight your vehicle can handle. Unfortunately, a car that is too heavy has more of a chance of rolling over.
Toyota of Orlando’s safe driving tips
As mentioned before, Orlando Toyota SUV rollovers can be prevented by responsible safe driving. When you’re out on the road in your new SUV, make sure to keep in mind:
- To slow down! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, excessive speed was part of 40 percent of rollover fatalities. If you’re driving too fast, you don’t allow yourself enough time to react to sudden stops or turns. Speeding around a tight turn in an SUV is the making for a dangerous rollover.
- To use defensive driving techniques! While behind the wheel, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Anticipate the moves of other drivers and abide by all road rules, including coming to full stops at stop signs and yield to oncoming traffic.
- Not to over-pack the back. It’s very important that you avoid overpacking by only packing the essentials in your SUV.
It’s also suggested that you have your tires checked before you hit the road. If you bring your vehicle to our Orlando Toyota Service Center, our experts can check the tire pressure, as well as the tread depth. Your vehicle should have proper tire inflation! If the air pressure is too low or too high, you could be at risk for a blowout (especially with the added weight of passengers and luggage).
Before you head out on the open road for a summer road trip in your new Toyota SUV, stop by Toyota of Orlando to ensure you’re safe! We’re conveniently located right off of I-4 at 3575 Vineland Road, near the Millenia Mall!