Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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Driving and phone use laws in Illinois

Is it illegal in Illinois to use your cell phone while driving?

It’s estimated that one out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. To combat this, some states have enforced sharper penalties for drivers found to be on their phone while driving. This is a state law and not a federal one, so laws vary by state. Is it illegal to use your cell phone here in Illinois while driving? Find out below! Read the rest of this entry >>

2019 Toyota Camry XSE V6 Models Exterior Driver Side Rear Angles

How to use the Toyota Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking

Toyota is known as a durable and reliable brand. Whether it’s a sedan, SUV, pickup, or minivan, Toyota is the go-to for performance seekers. Today, Toyota is about more than performance. They also include state-of-the-art technology and active safety features. One of those is the Toyota Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking system, which is part of the Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology suite. Learn how to use this feature with the short video tutorial below! Read the rest of this entry >>

2020 Toyota Corolla Exterior Driver Side Front Angle in Celestite

Pros and cons of leasing a car

Is it worth it to lease a car?

If you’re looking to upgrade your current driving situation, you may have come across the option to lease a new car. Leasing refers to the idea that you will not technically own the vehicle, but that you will be borrowing it for a set period of time (think renting an apartment). As with many things, leasing has its own set of pros and cons. Read on to see if it’s worth it for you to lease a car! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Soft touch vs touch-free car washes

Which type of car wash should I get?

Some people like to wash their car by hand, but with the advanced technology that goes into automatic car washes, it may be worth forking up the extra few bucks and getting an automatic car wash. There are two types of automatic car washes: a soft-touch and a touch-free. Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Check out the pros and cons below! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Winter weather and your car’s mpg

How does cold weather affect my fuel economy?

The weather can get pretty nasty here in Illinois, and for those of us who regularly commute, it can wreak havoc on our cars. Most of us know about the headaches that can come from cars not starting in the extreme cold, but did you know that the cold weather negatively affects your fuel economy as well? That’s right. Learn more about it below! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Spring Is Here! It’s Time for Vehicle Spring Cleaning

Automotive Spring Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist

Spring is quickly coming into full swing which means it’s time that we get our vehicle’s ready for the start of a new season. Spring is the perfect time to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and a maintenance check to ensure it’s good to go after a harsh winter. Keep reading to view our automotive spring cleaning and maintenance checklist.

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure Exterior Driver Side Rear Profile

Toyota RAV4 Technology & How-To Videos

Today we want to shed light on a really cool and useful tool that you might not have realized exists. If you own a Toyota RAV4 model, regardless of trim level, grade, year, et cetera, then you’ll find this YouTube playlist incredibly helpful the next time you run into an issue with a feature in your vehicle. Whether you can’t figure out how to adjust the height of your liftgate or what the Bird’s Eye View Camera does, this technology & how-to video playlist has something for almost everything where the RAV4 is concerned. Give the playlist a look through or just watch it here on the blog next time you have a question. Read the rest of this entry >>