Category Archives: Safe Driving Tips

A woman sits and ponders about an illuminated ABS light.

What does the ABS light mean, and why is it activated in my Toyota?

Toyota ABS Light Meaning and Corresponding Issues

Warning lights can be a fairly unsettling business. It’s often hard to know whether they symbolize a minor issue or point to a major problem with your ride. Often, the same light can annoyingly mean both. It doesn’t help that they’re typically cryptic symbols that seemingly would require the Rosetta Stone to decode.

If you’ve been driving along in your Toyota and noticed the ABS light on your dashboard illuminate, you’re probable wondering: what does the ABS light mean, and should I be worried? Continue reading

Interior front cabin of a 2019 Toyota Highlander

Is it okay to shift an electric car into drive when reversing?

Electric/Hybrid Gear Shift and Transmission

If you’ve been driving an electric or hybrid vehicle, you may have noticed that you can easily change gears when in motion. Unlike in an ICE vehicle, shifting while going in an opposite gear won’t send you into a spazzing vehicular seizure. So does that means it’s okay to do?


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Shifting an electric car into drive when reversing shouldn’t cause any damage to the vehicle. This is because electric cars don’t have separate gears in the traditional, physical sense. Though it may appear that you’re using a standard gear selector, it’s actually an electric input switch. Instead of interacting with a physical transmission, you’re interacting with a computer. Trippy!

Do hybrid cars have an electric transmission? Hybrid cars sometimes have an electric transmission, and sometimes use the traditional version. Proceed with caution.

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What happens if you shift gears when driving in an electric car?

Different EVs respond in different ways to an in-drive gear shift. Some will refuse to shift and tell you you’ve done something naughty. Others will take into account what you’re doing and smoothly head into the process of shifting.

If you are reversing out of your driveway and shift into drive while you’re still going backwards, your vehicle will likely wait until you hit the brakes before it truly shifts into going forwards. This enables drivers to get a handy time-saving jump on their gear shifting. If you’re heading down a road at 30 mph and switch to reverse, a smart vehicle will begin auto-braking in a smooth fashion until the car is stopped, and then begin reversing.

These are just a few of the benefits of using an intelligent electronic input device rather than an unintelligent old mechanical selector.

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Why do electric cars only have a single gear ratio?

Electric motors deliver their best torque at zero RPM. They have a much larger RPM range than a typical internal combustion engine. An electric engine also produces its best power output when utilizing a broad RPM range. This is different from the way a gas or diesel engine works. These are the reasons electric motors only use a single gear ratio.

White 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD OffRoad ready to take on the elements out in a desert.

What is the Auto LSD dashboard light on a Toyota RAV4?

Toyota RAV4 Auto LSD System

When driving your Toyota RAV4, you may have noticed a light on your dashboard that says, “Auto LSD.” While this may seem like a very mysterious moniker, it’s actually the indicator for a helpful system in your vehicle. So what is Auto LSD on the Toyota RAV4?


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The LSD in Auto LSD stands for, “Limited-Slip Differential.” This is a traction control system that controls engine output and begins braking when one of the drive wheels begins to slip. When used in the right situation, this improves vehicle control.

When should I use Auto LSD?

Auto LSD should only be used when wheel slip occurs in very severe conditions, such as off-road or in deep snow. The Auto LSD system is intended for use only in extreme conditions. Don’t turn it on when the vehicle is in motion or when wheel-spin is occurring. It should not be left on during normal driving.

When using Auto LSD, increased steering effort may be required. You may have to be more careful to keep control while cornering. If the vehicle begins to slip while the system is engaged, the Auto LSD icon will begin flashing, indicating the system is working to control the slippage.

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How do I turn on Auto LSD?

Auto LSD can be engaged by pressing the “VSC Off” switch. This button has an image that looks like the silhouette of a vehicle with two wavy lines behind the wheels, and the word “Off” beneath. When pressed, the VSC Off and Auto LSD indicators will light up on the instrument cluster, confirming that the system is engaged. To turn the system off, press the “VSC Off” button again.

Traction Control and Auto LSD

Traction Control works to optimize control during normal driving conditions. It reduces engine power when a wheel slips and applies braking to that wheel. When you turn on Auto LSD, Traction Control turns off. Auto LSD sends power to the wheel with the greatest traction, rather than reducing engine power to send the wheel forward.

Why does Auto LSD automatically shut off?

If the brakes become overheated during operation, the Auto LSD system will automatically shut off. However, it will be restored automatically after a short time. The system will also shut off automatically when the engine is turned off and will remain off when restarted.


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side view of a red 2019 Toyota Tundra

New Safety and Driver Assistance Features for the 2019 Toyota Tundra

The power and capability prowess of the new Toyota Tundra lineup at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula is well-known all over the world. And with power and capability ratings like those offered by the 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup, that should certainly be the case. But the 2019 Tundra lineup offers more than just world-class power and capability. In fact, the 2019 Tundra lineup is one of the safest new pickup truck lineups available today, as you’ll see right here while we outline the new safety and driver assistance features for the 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup.

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How Safe is the 2019 Toyota Tundra Lineup at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the Eastern Shore of Maryland?

We told you in our introduction that the 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup is one of the safest and easiest-to-drive new pickup truck lineups available today. And now we’re going to prove that point by listing some of the best new safety and driver assistance systems featured with the new 2019 Tundra lineup. These safety and driver assistance features include the Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite of safety and driver assistance systems – a suite that’s standard on all 2019 Tundra models. This suite includes a Pre-Collision System featuring Pedestrian Detection capabilities, Lane Departure Alert capabilities featuring Sway Warning System technology, automatic high beam technology, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control capabilities. The 2019 Tundra lineup also features the Star Safety System™ suite, which includes vehicle stability control technology, traction control capabilities, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution capabilities, Brake Assist capabilities, and Smart Stop Technology. Furthermore, the lineup features a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert technology, a full complement of 8 airbags, and the ToyotaCare no cost maintenance plan.

If you’d like to learn more about the 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup, or if you’d like more information on any of the other new Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs available at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula, please get in touch with our staff.

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Listing the New Safety & Tech Features for the 2019 Toyota Avalon

The 2019 Toyota Avalon lineup has arrived here at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula, and it’s brought with it all the advanced new safety, driver assistance and technology features you’ll need to stay safe and connected to the world around you while out on the road – a suite which also includes a wide array of features and capabilities that have never before been featured on a new Toyota model. And since we know that’s got everyone very excited to learn more, let’s get right down to it and check out the best new safety and technology features for the 2019 Toyota Avalon.

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Which 2019 Toyota Avalon Features are a First for a New Toyota Model at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula?

As we mentioned in our introduction, the new Toyota Avalon lineup at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the eastern shore of Maryland features a wide range of first-for-Toyota systems and capabilities. That list includes newly available Adaptive Variable Suspension technology, newly standard Apple CarPlay compatibility, newly available Dynamic Auxiliary turn signal capabilities, newly available Engine Sound Enhancement technology, newly standard Amazon Alexa compatibility, and newly standard Toyota Entune™ 3.0 Remote Connect capabilities.

What Other Impressive Safety and Technology Systems are Featured on the 2019 Toyota Avalon Lineup at Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury on the Eastern Shore of Maryland?

Those first-for-Toyota features and capabilities aren’t the only impressive safety and technology features for the 2019 Avalon lineup. In fact, the 2019 Toyota Avalon lineup also features a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display, four USB 2.0 charge ports, Qi-compatible wireless charging capabilities, a Smart Key System, a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, the Star Safety System, ten air bags, the Safety Connect system, Toyota Safety Sense P, blind spot monitor technology with rear cross-traffic alert capabilities, and much more.

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5 Useful, Fun and Inexpensive Accessories You Need For Your Car

Tired of having your belongings slip between your car’s seats? Unsure what to do if you get a flat tire? Even your dream car can drive you crazy with these little annoyances. Here is a list of tools and accessories to keep in your car at all times to make those little inconveniences disappear for good.

 

  1. Drop Stop

Drop Stop is an Automotive Car Seat Gap Filler that you place and mold around your seat belt holder preventing even the smallest things from falling in between your car’s seats. Your cell phone, wallet and even loose change are safe with these pads around.

 

  1. Fix A Flat

This is most definitely not a permanent solution to a flat tire but having a can of Fix A Flat in your car can get you out of a sticky situation if you blow a tire. It will seal the popped tire in minutes and allow you to get to one of our service departments safely so your car can be properly looked at and repaired.

 

  1. Rain-X

Weather your dealing with rain, frost, ice or even bugs Rain-X has you covered. This spray on solution prevents all types of harsh weather from impeding your vision through your windshield. It makes driving in extreme conditions easier and much more safe.

 

  1. Glove Box Organizer

Its very important to have the right documents and contact information in your glove box in case anything were to happen. With a Glove Box Organizer you are sure to have your registration, insurance info, salesperson business card and more at your fingertips in minutes.

 

  1. Steering Wheel Desk

Does your car ever become a place where you end up working or needing to eat a meal? If so you might want to consider purchasing a Steering Wheel Desk. This one of a kind desk attaches to your steering wheel so, while you’re pulled over, you have a portable work space or personal table. Once your done simply slid it under your seat and your ready to go.

 

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5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!

 

Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.

 

Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!

 

Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.

 

Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.

 

Clean Out Your Glove Compartment

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the un necessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.

 

If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.