Category Archives: Winter Driving

A man charging his dead battery in winter

Cold Weather and Batteries: Winterize Your Car Battery

Why Does My Car Battery Keep Dying in the Winter?

It’s an experience most drivers who live in colder climates can relate to—you’re getting ready to leave for work and start the long process of cleaning the snow off of your car and starting it to warm up the cabin so you don’t have to freeze during the first 10 minutes of your commute, you put the key in the ignition, turn the key, and…the engine won’t turn over. That being said, most of us have also asked the question “Why Does My Car Battery Keep Dying in the Winter?” at some point in our lives. Hiland Toyota is here with the answer, as well as some helpful information to keep your car battery running all year long.

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What to put in your car emergency kit

What should you put in a winter car kit?

Now that we’ve had our first significant snowfall here in the Quad Cities this winter, there’s no use in denying the inevitable any longer: the snowy, icy roads are about to become the new normal again, and it’s better to be prepared for it than to hope it will go away (it will… in spring).

One thing people tend to forget when they’re getting their car prepped for winter in all the usual ways – fluid checks, tire and battery inspections, etc. – is the car’s contents. What you have inside your vehicle could make all the difference in an emergency situation. Today we’ll go over what to put in a winter car kit so that you can stock up on these very helpful items and have them at a moment’s notice should an unfortunate occasion arise! Read the rest of this entry >>

Used AWD Cars Quad Cities

Used AWD Cars Quad Cities

Alright, so you’ve conceded that your current ride is not going to be the winter warrior you need. Maybe it’s old, maybe it’s lacking the features you want –  We won’t pry. The bottom line is that you need something new and you’re not looking to spend more than you need to. We definitely get that. That’s why we make a point to offer a huge selection of used AWD cars in the Quad Cities here at Hiland Toyota –  seriously, you’ve got a ton to pick from! Read on to find out how you can explore these models, and what to look for when you take them out for a test drive. Read the rest of this entry >>

Deals on Snow Tires Quad Cities

Deals on Snow Tires Quad Cities

Anyone who’s braved enough Midwestern winters in their day can tell you that the much-lauded All-Wheel Drive can only take you so far when it comes to safe, in-control winter driving. What’s the other major component outside of driver alertness? Tires. The right –  or wrong –  set of tires can entirely make or break your winter driving experience.

Now, you’re probably no stranger to the fact that a new set of tires aren’t exactly peanuts as far as the initial investment is concerned. In this article, we’re going to tell you two important things to help assuage that concern: one, why you should go ahead and get them anyway, and two, how you can find deals on snow tires in the Quad Cities right here at Hiland Toyota in Moline. Read the rest of this entry >>

How does the Toyota Sienna handle in the snow?

How does the Toyota Sienna handle in the snow?

We’ve definitely been on a winter safety kick here at Hiland Toyota, but tis the season! Today, we shift our focus to one of those delicate balances families have been struggling with for years: How to find the right family vehicle that’s got the space you need for passengers and cargo around the calendar, without sacrificing the all-important all-season safety that just can’t be compromised? In particular, we look at the minivan, whose reputation for good winter handling hasn’t quite lived up to it’s solid spot in the spacious family vehicle category. Our answer to that conundrum? The Toyota Sienna. Read the rest of this entry >>

Winter Car Safety Tips

Be Prepared! Stay Ahead of the Game with our Winter Car Safety Tips

Winter Car Safety Tips

Winter is coming! Is your car ready? As the weather gets colder, conditions can get unpredictable. It’s a good idea to get your routine vehicle maintenance done and stock your car for winter earlier than you think you’ll need to, so you can make sure you won’t be caught unawares when the first snowfall comes unexpectedly. Courtesy of our service experts here at Hiland Toyota, here’s our checklist of the 4 most important safety measures to take ahead of time!   Read the rest of this entry >>