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5 Safe Driving Tips for Toyota Owners

Safe Driving

The most common New Year’s resolutions include weight loss, getting organized and adopting efficient financial management habits. Nearly 47% of New Year’s resolutions have to do with self-improvement. Your car is a big part of your life, so why not resolve to improve your act behind the wheel by adopting safer driving habits. Improving your driving habits is equally as important as any other self-improvement action on your list. Here are some resolutions you can make to help get you started.


It’s easy to get distracted while driving. Pay attention to the traffic ahead of you and next to you. Be sure to survey your mirrors and anticipate other driver’s actions. This will help you become more cautious and able to notice and avoid potential accidents.


Plan your trips ahead of time in order to avoid speeding. This will help you stay organized and prepared for unexpected detours during your drive. Prevent endangering yourself and others by not running yellow lights and giving way to other drivers.


Texting while driving will make you 23% more likely to crash. According to the United States Department of Transportation, cell phones are involved in 1.6 million auto crashes each year that take 6,000 lives. If you can’t control the urge to use your phone, place it in a place where it is impossible to reach while driving.


Learn to anticipate possible changes in traffic and prepare for them by adjusting your speed. Pay attention to changes in speed limits and be sure to check your blind spot when changing lanes or backing up. Avoid road rage not taking the actions of other drivers personally. Instead, be patient and courteous towards other drivers.


Every hour, someone dies in a car accident in America due to not wearing a seatbelt. Safety belts remain the most effective way to prevent deaths and fatal injuries in car accidents. A staggering 63% of deaths are due to not wearing a seat belt and this number keeps growing. Although wearing a seatbelt makes you uncomfortable, your safety should be your first priority.

Clean-up your act behind the wheel of your new or used car by getting rid of the convenient driving habits you picked up over the years. Adopt these safe driving habits and keep your Toyota in good shape by scheduling a maintenance service at your local Toyota dealership. Whether you are ringing in the New Year with a new 2014 Toyota Camry or a used Toyota Prius, visit Parks Toyota of Deland online to view the latest deals on services to get your car ready for safe driving.


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Auto Maintenance Tips for Changing Seasons

“Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.” – Ed Bradley

Changing Seasons Trees

Although winter may not be an identifiable season in Florida, it’s a great time of year to schedule necessary maintenance on your car. Even if freezing temperatures, snow and ice, or blistery driving conditions aren’t the norm, it’s always good to be prepared.

Here are some great tips to ensure your new or used Toyota is ready for the changing seasons.

Check your windshield wiper blades. Regardless of weather, it’s vital to have operational windshield wipers. Look at each wiper closely for tears, rips and flexibility. If the blades appear worn or stiff, they likely need to be replaced. It’s recommended that wiper blades be replaced at least once a year.

Get your car battery checked. A good rule of thumb is to have your battery replaced every four to five years. One of the biggest inconveniences is getting stranded somewhere with a dead battery. Visit the Toyota auto repair department at Parks Toyota of Deland and have a certified auto mechanic test your battery is  charged.

Test tire pressure and tread. Temperature changes can impact your tire pressure. Be sure to reference your owner’s manual for the suggested tire pressure for your Toyota. While you’re looking at your tire pressure, check your tire tread to ensure your tires aren’t too worn. Bad tread on tires can make it easy for your car to slide on wet roads. If you’re unsure whether you need new tires, visit the service center at your local car dealership in Deland.

Pack an emergency kit. Can you ever be too prepared? Keeping an emergency kit in your new or used Toyota can be invaluable if an emergency arises. Parks Toyota of Deland has Toyota issued emergency kits available for purchase in their auto parts department, or you can assemble your own. We recommend including a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, road flares and first-aid kit.

Examine fluid levels. While you’re getting your car ready for the new year, make sure all of your fluid levels are correct. This is a great time to check your antifreeze and coolant levels, along with windshield wiper fluid and engine oil. The fluids in your engine help to keep your car running at optimal condition, so it’s important to keep them at suggested levels.

If you’re unsure what service or routine auto maintenance your car needs, the auto mechanic team at Parks Toyota of Deland can help. Swing by our Toyota dealership (1701 S. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32720), give us a call at 888-856-3860, or schedule service easily online now. Be sure to check out our exclusive service specials.

Parks Toyota of Deland is has been a staple new and used car dealership in FL for over 20 years. As a division of Parks Motor Group, we have a strong commitment to customer service and delivering the experience you deserve.  Our Toyota dealership has a wide selection of new cars and used cars for sale in Deland. If you need Toyota auto parts, auto repair, or an auto mechanic in Deland, visit our service center for a great experience. Come and see us, (1701 S. Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32720) or give us a call at 888-836-2730.


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Holiday Gifts for the Toyota Owner

“The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.” – Giada De Laurentiis


The holidays are creeping up, and Parks Toyota of DeLand is prepared. Are you? To help avoid some impending holiday stress, we’ve created a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for any Toyota owner.

Cargo Organizer

Know someone who could use some help organizing their trunk? Toyota offers a wide selection of cargo organization options to choose from. From cargo trays to totes and nets, we can help you find the perfect addition to any Toyota owner’s car.

Remote Engine Starter

With this convenient technology, you have the ability to turn on your Toyota with a touch of a button. Whether in the cooler winter months, or those hot summers, you can start your A/C or heat without leaving the comfort of your house. Most Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs can be equipped with this accessory.

Emergency Assistance Kit

While this idea may not be as exciting as some others, it certainly is practical. Keeping an emergency kit in your trunk can be invaluable. Whether you’re shopping for a new Toyota driver, or a seasoned Toyota owner, this is a nice gift. Complete with jumper cables, flashlight, gloves, tire gauge, bungee cords, a survival blanket and other emergency items, anyone would be grateful to have this when an emergency arises.

First Aid Kit

Similar to the Emergency Assistance Kit, it’s always smart to have a First Aid Kit on hand. The kit includes bandages, scissors, emergency blankets, insect sting pads and other basic medical items. Storing the kit is a breeze by simply using the velcro mounting strips provided to adhere the kit to your trunk.

Car Washes

Who doesn’t love a clean car? Toyota owners take pride in their new and used cars and like to keep them shining. Check with our service department on gift certificate options for detailing and clean car upkeep.

Toyota Accessories

If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, Parks Toyota of DeLand can help you with a variety of other Toyota parts and accessories. We have carpet floor mats, All-Weather floor mats, vent visors, bed liners, body style moldings and much more for any new or used Toyota!

Who knew holiday gift shopping could be so simple? Stop in today (1701 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720), order online, or give us a call 866-746-2763 to find out about other gift options and specials available. Parks Toyota of DeLand is a Toyota dealer in FL you can trust. Not only do we have a huge selection of new and used cars for sale, but we can help you keep your Toyota running like the day you drove it off the lot.



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Pop Quiz: Think You Know The Toyota Camry?


As one of the most popular cars in America, the Toyota Camry has some bragging rights – and rightfully so. Test your Toyota knowledge to see how well you really know the Toyota Camry.


  • The Toyota Camry was rated the #1 American-Made car for four years in a row on
  • Out of the last 16 years, the Camry has been the best-selling car in America for 15 of those years.
  • The 2014 Camry Hybrid LE is eco-friendly and gets and estimated 43 city mpg.
  • Paddle shifters come standard on the Toyota Camry SE, which give you the ability to upshift or down shift your automatic transmission manually.
  • Of all the Camrys that have been sold in the past 10 years, 90% are still on the road.
  • You can find almost 7 million Toyota Camry cars driving on the road today.
  • Consumer Ratings on Kelley Blue Book give the Toyota Camry an overall 9 out of 10 rating. This score takes into account comfort, styling, value, reliability, quality and performance.
  • When it comes to safety, the Camry delivers with a 5-star rating on safety from NHTSA.
  • Toyota offers the Camry in four standard models and two hybrid models.
  • Parks Toyota of Deland will help you find the perfect Toyota Camry for you.

All of the above are TRUE! Whether you want to treat yourself to a new car, or want to browse the selection of used cars for sale, Parks Toyota of Deland is the perfect place to start. Stop in (1701 S. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720) and give the 2014 Toyota Camry a test drive and you’ll quickly see why it’s the best-selling car in America.