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What are the Best Ways to Make My Teen Feel Comfortable Behind the Wheel?

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Tips for Getting Your Teen Comfortable with Driving

When we were teenagers, we couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of our parents’ station wagon and learn how to drive. And after getting our driver’s license, we were eager to enjoy some freedom and go places on our own. Unfortunately, some teens no longer get excited over this longtime rite of passage and just expect Mommy and Daddy to chauffeur them around. If you are pushing your kids to gain some independence, we have some tips to help you out so they can feel confident behind the wheel. 

Find an Empty Parking Lot and Drive Around

One of the best ways to get comfortable behind the wheel is going to an empty parking lot and get your kid to drive around. Let them go wild and have some fun, and doing it in the winter is even more exciting when you are whipping donuts! Be sure to practice parking perfectly in the stalls. Once they gain a little confidence, it is time for them to venture out on the streets. 

Get Them Behind the Wheel of a Smaller Vehicle 

While we fondly remember the family’s giant station wagon, most of us agree that it’s better to learn to drive with a compact car like the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, both of which are easy to maneuver in tight parking areas (especially parallel parking) and heavy traffic. 

Be Kind and Encouraging in the Passenger Seat 

Many teens are nervous about learning to drive because their parents scream at them or hurl insults. Sure, you don’t want to end up in a collision, and there are times where you will need to yell “HIT THE BRAKES!”, but try be encouraging and use positive enforcement. When improvement is needed, gently point out the flaws and offer advice on how to do them correctly. 

Happy Driving!  

Will Staying Home for Weeks on End Kill My Car Battery?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Best Way to Prevent Your Toyota or Vehicle’s Battery from Dying When You Aren’t Driving Often

It is an understatement when we say that we are driving less due to the encouragement of staying at home and social distancing. While this saves money in many ways (such as gas), it is important that you keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. It is important to run your Toyota or Honda vehicle regularly to ensure that the battery doesn’t die from sitting for too long, but how often should you be doing it? 

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How Can I Stay Safe When Getting Into My Vehicle When Leaving the Office or Store?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Safety Tips for Getting Into Your Vehicle

Maybe we have been watching too many movies, but there is a concern of abduction when we leave someplace and get into our vehicle. While it is very rare for this to happen, we want you to be careful. To help you stay safe, we have come up with some tips:

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What is the Best Way to Transport Baby Chicks and Bunnies in My Vehicle This Spring Season?

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Small Animal Transportation Tips During the Spring Season 

The spring season is almost here! Some of our favorite things about the spring season are the baby bunnies and chicks that are available for purchase. If you feel that you and your family are ready for the commitment of raising rabbits, ducks, or chickens (for a 4-H project, perhaps?), we are here to offer some tips for getting them home safely in your vehicle. 

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How Can I Keep My Vehicle’s Seats and Floors Clean?

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Best Ways to Keep Your Toyota or Honda Vehicle’s Interior Clean 

From mucky shoes to spilled Cheerios to pet hair, our Toyota or Honda can go from clean to dirty in no time. And time is a precious commodity nowadays, and we would rather spend our spare time with our family or doing something fun rather than cleaning the interior of our vehicle. So what can you do to help keep your Toyota or Honda clean for a little longer? 

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How Can I Contact Honda with Questions or Concerns About My Vehicle?

Friday, December 27th, 2019

Honda Automobiles Contact Information

As consumers, we oftentimes have questions about the products we purchase – from that new kitchen appliance, to our 10-year-old lawnmower, and to our car. If you have questions about your Honda vehicle, we are always happy to help you out here at Allan Nott, where we specialize in both Honda and Toyota vehicles. But we understand if you want to get in touch with Honda directly, so we are going to share the brand’s contact information.

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Is This Craigslist Deal for Real?

Friday, September 27th, 2019

How to Know If You are Getting Scammed When Buying a Car on Craigslist

Craigslist can be a great source for you to find something awesome – including jobs, apartments, furniture, pets, books, and collectibles. Many drivers also turn to Craigslist to find a different vehicle. While you may get lucky and find a great deal, you can easily get scammed if you are not careful. (more…)

Is One Brand of Engine Oil Better Than Another for My Vehicle?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Which Brand of Oil Should I Be Using for My Toyota or Honda Vehicle?

Are you new to vehicle ownership and not sure what to do for maintenance? While no one expects you to take the vehicle completely apart and then put it back together again, you should be able to do a few basic tasks like checking and topping off the oil. Checking and topping the oil is extremely easy, but shopping for the right kind of oil can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing. (more…)

Learn How to Connect with Your Toyota Remotely by Using Your Smartphone!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Toyota Remote Connect Video

Vehicle and phone technology have come a long way – especially in the last five years! Today, most folks carry a smartphone and are able to connect with their vehicle in order to enjoy infotainment (like navigation and audio streaming) while on the road. But did you know that you can connect with your Toyota without getting behind the wheel? Watch the video below to learn more! (more…)

Can I Use Nail Polish to Fix a Scratch on My Car?

Friday, August 9th, 2019

How to Repair a Car Scratch Using Nail Polish

Here at Allan Nott, we see many of our customers come in with fingernails that are painted in a gorgeous array of colors – many of which remind us of the fun and stylish color options available for our Honda and Toyota vehicles. But did you know that nail polish can do more than just make your fingernails and toenails look pretty? It can also help cover up a nasty scratch on your vehicle! (more…)

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