Signs You Need New Brakes

Keeping track of the braking system is something drivers tend to forget about or simply overlook. As one of the most important safety systems in a vehicle, ensuring that your brakes are in top condition should be a priority for most drivers. Fortunately, modern braking systems give plenty of warnings before they need to be replaced. Here are a few signs you need new brakes from us here at Glen Toyota.

  1. Screeching – Created by metal rubbing against metal, modern braking systems make a high-pitched screeching sound when the brake pads are nearly gone. Loud enough to be heard with the windows rolled up, the screech shouldn’t be ignored and drivers would do well to make a service appointment sooner rather than later.
  2. Seeing – Did you know it’s possible to actually look at your brakes on modern vehicles? By looking through the wheel spokes, drivers can see what’s left of the brake pad pushed against the rotor. If there isn’t at least a quarter inch of pad left, make a service appointment to have your braking system inspected.
  3. Vibrating – Vibrations in the brake pedal are a sign of warped rotors and indicate that the brake pad can’t grab the rotor’s surface evenly. Generally caused by long periods of braking, like when driving down steep hills, a vibrating brake pedal warrants a trip to a certified service department.

Winter vs. All Season Tires

 

Here in New Jersey, our winters can get pretty rough—many of us are still trying to recover from the record snowfalls from last year. If you want to make sure you’re not stuck on the side of the road…again, consider equipping your car with winter tires. What’s the difference? Here’s a Winter vs. All Season Tires comparison.

Winter Tires

  • They use a special rubber compound that stays softer at lower temperatures for better control.
  • They provide enhanced braking performance in wintery conditions.
  • They perform better in all winter conditions—snow, ice, sleet, slush, wet roads, and even dry cold roads.
  • They are designed with an aggressive tread to cut through the snow and reduce build-up on the tire.
  • They will help you feel more in control in challenging winter conditions.

All-Season Tires

  • They provide stable handling in wet and dry conditions.
  • They offer traction through a variety of weather conditions, but can’t compare to winter tires for traction in snow and ice.

As you can see, winter tires offer numerous benefits over all-season tires for serious winter driving. If you want to make the switch, stop by Glen Toyota today and we’ll help you choose the perfect tires for your car.

Car Seat Safety Myths that Won’t Quit

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Check out some of the most common Car Seat Safety Myths

In belated honor of Child Passenger Safety Week (which was September 13-19th), Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s national education program, called Buckle Up for Life, has taken on some of the top car seat safety myths in this news release. When it comes to the wellbeing of our children, it’s worth taking the time to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep them safe in the car.

Here’s a rundown of the top three car seat safety myths.

  1. Used car seats are as good as new car seats. Care-givers need to do their research here. Car seats not only have an expiration date, but they are useless if they’ve ever been involved in any kind of accident. Unless you know a car seat’s full history and expiration date, skip the hand-me down and splurge on a new seat.
  2. Older kids can sit in the front seat. All children under the age of thirteen are required to sit in the backseat, regardless of if they have grown out of their booster seat. Refer to your state’s laws before allowing a child to sit in the front seat. Better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Children don’t need booster seats. Children under a height of 4’9” should always sit in booster seats. Because seatbelts won’t correctly secure the child, the seatbelt could do more harm than good in an accident.

Proper restraints and seats are just the beginning of the safety equation. Stop by Glen Toyota today to see our lineup of car that feature today’s most advanced safety technology!