Category Archives: Safety

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Vehicles with various safety systems now available at Ackerman Toyota in St. Louis

What is the Toyota Star™ Safety System?

With winter around the corner, it is important to think about staying safe on the road. Blowing snow, freezing temperatures, and slippery roads are about to become our new normal again in the next few months. How do we safe not only in the winter but all year round? Answer: purchase a vehicle with various safety systems. Now standard on all Toyota new vehicles is the Toyota Star™ Safety System. This will help keep you safe on the road. What is the Toyota Star™ Safety System? In short, it is made up of five systems including Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution, and Brake Assist. Keep reading to learn more about these systems! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Understanding what your vehicle is telling you

What do the dashboard warning lights in my Toyota mean?

How many times have you seen a light on your dashboard illuminate, and not know what it meant? This can be a scary situation because you are not sure if you should b-line it for the mechanic, pull over for a few minutes, or just go straight home. Keep reading as we explore the answer to the question, what do the dashboard warning lights in my Toyota mean? Read the rest of this entry >>

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Total HUman Model for Safety: THUMS

New and improved crash test dummy, St. Louis

We have all seen the crash dummies that car manufacturers use. These are important because engineers can see what happens to a person in an accident. While this worked well to get a basic understanding of how the airbags will deploy and what parts of the body will be affected, this was not full proof. Humans have bones and organs, the dummies did not until the Total Human Model for Safety: THUMS was introduced. Keep reading below to learn more about the new and improved crash test dummy.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Every new Toyota vehicle comes with ToyotaCare

What is included with ToyotaCare?

Toyota has always been a company that strives to deliver reliable vehicles to its customers. That is why Toyota created a new service program called ToyotaCare. What is included with ToyotaCare? It covers normal vehicle maintenance and it provides 24/7 roadside assistance. Both of these are available at no cost for two years. Interested in learning more? Keep reading below! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota Safety Connect Features

What are the Toyota Safety Connect features?

Toyota vehicles are some of the safest cars on the road. There are a variety of reasons that Toyota models are so safe. One of these reasons is the different safety features including Toyota Safety Connect. What are the Toyota Safety Connect features? Keep reading to learn more!  Read the rest of this entry >>

Man driving the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

What is Toyota Road Sign Assist and How Does It Work?

The Toyota lineup offers class-leading active safety on most of its new model lineup via the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 active safety bundle. In addition to upgraded versions of the features found on the original Toyota Safety Sense system, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 has added two brand new features: Road Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist. Today, we are breaking down Road Sign Assist to help drivers understand the value it brings to each trip. Read the rest of this entry >>

Toyota drivers alerted about a pedestrian via Toyota Safety Sense on their dashboard

How does the Toyota Safety Sense Pre-Collision System work?

The Toyota Pre-Collision System now comes standard on most new Toyota models as part of the Toyota Safety Sense active safety bundle. But, just how does the system work? Front facing exterior cameras continuously scan the road ahead for potential hazards. When a hazard is detected, the system will respond in one of three ways: with audio and visual alerts, with Brake Assist, or with Automatic Emergency Braking depending on the severity of the threat. Read the rest of this entry >>

Christmas tree on top of a car roof

Can I transport a Christmas tree on the top of my Toyota with no roof rack?

Before you bring the family to the local Christmas tree farm, it’s important that you have a plan for safety and securely bringing the tree home. Unfortunately, if you have a Toyota that does not have a roof rack, transporting your tree on the top of your car isn’t a good idea. Not only will the tree not be as secure, but the ropes and cords used to hold it tight will need to go through your door or window which can cause some damage to your vehicle’s exterior or to your door seals. Keep reading to see some of our best suggestions for how to safely haul a Christmas tree when you don’t have a roof rack below. Read the rest of this entry >>

New Crossovers, SUVs and Vans with AWD in St. Louis, MO

Drivers looking for a new ride with all-wheel-drive capability can find a variety of models that may fit their needs in the Toyota lineup. With crossover, SUV, and minivan selections, drivers shouldn’t have too much trouble finding an AWD model in the Toyota lineup that fits what they are looking for. Learn more about the Toyota Highlander, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and Toyota Sienna models below. Then, head to Ackerman Toyota in St. Louis, MO to take your favorite for a test drive. Read the rest of this entry >>

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How to Adjust Following Distance with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Toyota models equipped with the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system can automatically maintain a set following distance between themselves and the vehicles traveling in front of them. Each model comes with a standard following distance already set, but drivers have the option to shorten or lengthen the distance to their preferences using the meter controls on their steering wheel and multi-information display. The short video linked below walks drivers through the steps of how to adjust the following distance with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Take a look. Read the rest of this entry >>