Here in Florida, we don’t see too much in the way of varied topography. It’s relatively flat, even when you head out to the middle of the state (when compared to states like Georgia, Colorado, etc.). However, we know summer is a prime time to head out and take a road trip! If you’re thinking about hitting the highway in your Orlando Toyota and leaving the state, chances are you’re going to encounter various types of topography. We’re here to give you safe driving tips for each, and also tips on how to prep your vehicle for the sudden change in drive time!
Prep your car for different topography at the Toyota of Orlando service center
Before you head out on ANY road trip, you should bring your car to the Toyota of Orlando service center to have our techs take a peek under the hood. They’ll check things out and conduct a multi-point inspection to ensure everything is working as it should and no problems are about to crop up. However, if you’re going to be heading into hilly or mountainous terrain, you’ll want our Orlando auto service techs to check these things especially:
- Brakes: Have them take a look at your brake system to make sure it’s in excellent shape. You want solid stopping power on your side when you’re driving on declines, so check your brake pads, fluid, and hoses/lines!
- Wipers: Changes in topography can also mean changes in weather, so ensure your windshield wipers are in top condition. This will help you have practice safe driving no matter the weather.
- Oil: You want a full tank of clean oil before you take on different types of topography; your car will have to work a lot harder climbing those inclines, so ensure it’s got the tools it needs to stay cool. This goes for your coolant system, too!
- Tires: Have our Orlando car maintenance techs check your tires to ensure you have enough tread to grip the road properly. There’s nothing scarier than driving on wet mountain roads and losing your traction!
Once you’ve prepped your car for different types of topography, it’s time to adjust your safe driving habits! Here are some Orlando Toyota tips.
If you’re driving in mountains, you’re in for quite a different drive time than your day-to-day commute in Florida. Here are some safe driving adjustments to make:
- Don’t ride your brakes. You should pulse them if you feel you’re going too fast down a decline, but holding them down for long periods of time will wear out your brake pads faster and possibly even do damage to the brake system.
- Always give the car going uphill the right of way. This is just a rule of the road!
- Don’t hug the center line of the road. It can be tempting to do this since the roads are typically narrower, but it can cause a collision with oncoming cars. Stay in your lanes and do away with distractions to ensure you stay on track.
- Never use cruise control when driving in the mountains; you need to be in complete control of your Orlando Toyota. Also, watch your speed – you don’t want to take a decline too fast and lose control because of gravity.
- If you’re driving a manual car, shift into a lower gear to maintain more control. An automatic car will automatically do this for you.
Learn how to drive safely in mountains and hills
If you’re driving in hilly areas, you’ll want to adjust your Orlando Toyota safe driving habits to be similar to when you’d drive in mountains. However, you don’t have to adapt them identically. Here are some tips!
- Driving up and down hills continuously can have a big negative impact on your fuel efficiency. Remember to fuel up before you hit the road and know when the next gas station is coming – never ride until you’re on E.
- Don’t use cruise control on hills, just like mountains! Driving in the hills means you’ll be going up, down, and around turns quite a bit. You need to be able to quickly adjust your speed on a moment’s notice.
- Don’t whip around corners; you never know what’s on the other side, and the roads are often narrow and unpredictable in hills. Take turns carefully in your Orlando Toyota.
- Maintain your speed – remember, you’re going to be going up and down a lot. Going too fast can cause you to lose control and get into a collision.
- Pay attention to the task at hand. You’ll undoubtedly see some great scenery, but if you really have to look, pull your car over to the side of the road to be safe!
If you’re sticking to the city or visiting the plains this summer, use these Toyota of Orlando topography tips to make safe driving an integral part of your experience!
- You can use cruise control, but never use it in the rain or if you’re stuck in traffic. Both require a considerably higher need for control, so you shouldn’t use this tool unless you’re on the open highway.
- Leave space in between your Orlando Toyota and other cars. You need to be able to react in traffic and stop quickly, so be sure to leave enough distance to do so and avoid the temptation to tailgate when impatient.
- Be sure to use your traffic signals when driving in the city; this means using your blinkers appropriately to change lanes and make turns. Letting other drivers know where you’re headed can reduce the risk of an accident.
Ready to hit the road? Use these Toyota of Orlando tips to help you stick to safe driving habits, and bring your car in to our Toyota Service Center BEFORE you hit the road! We can help you get prepped and ready. Also, ask about our auto service coupons to save big money (and have more cash for souvenirs)! We’re located just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall at 3575 Vineland Road!