How To Pack Light on a Road Trip Through Indiana

Woman On Road Trip | Mishawaka, IN

After a long winter in Mishawaka, we’re finally close to some warmer weather. At Jordan Toyota, one of our favorite ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons is to take a road trip across Indiana. So, we thought we’d offer a few tips for how to pack light for your next adventure so you don’t have to deal with all that clutter.

Check the weather

Clothing well-suited for colder or wetter climates are usually bulkier than summer-wear. Taking a look at the weather in your destination can help cut back on that. If you’re headed to somewhere a bit chilly, you can plan ahead. Or, you can take advantage of the space you saved if you’re trekking off to a warmer climate.

Roll your clothes

Whether you’re planning to pack a suitcase or a duffel bag, volume is always a concern. One of the best ways to conserve space is to roll your clothes tightly. If you fold them carefully beforehand, you can even avoid wrinkles.

Think about what you really need

Most of the time, we tend to bring more than we need on road trips. Try to focus on essentials like toiletries, snacks and clothing. There’s still plenty of room for conveniences like books, tablets, handheld gaming systems, and snacks — but this way, you won’t find yourself drowning in unnecessary items.

If your vehicle needs some attention before your next road trip across Indiana, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Jordan Toyota.

Prep Your Car for Warmer Weather

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We all know how unpredictable Indiana weather is here in Mishawaka, South Bend. Warm weather might be around the corner in March, or we might not feel the sun until May. Either way, it’s never too soon to prep your car for warmer weather with these car care tips.

Check the tire pressure

Changes in the temperature can cause your tire pressure to fluctuate. As the weather starts to warm, check that the pressure is at your car’s recommended PSI. If you put on winter tires, you can also take those off and replace them with summer tires if you have them.

Replace windshield wiper blades

If you did a lot of driving in the snow, your windshield wiper blades might be worn down from scraping off all that snow and ice. You should also make sure your wiper fluid is topped off so you can keep your windshield clear of summer bugs.

Get a car wash

Driving through the snow can result in road salt and grime on your car’s undercarriage. A fresh car wash in the warm weather can get rid of the remnants of winter and also protect your vehicle’s paint job.  

Double check the brakes

Your car brakes might be a bit worn out from driving on slippery roads. If you feel like your brakes are making weird noises or aren’t responding properly, bring your car into Jordan Toyota to get it checked.

Call us at Jordan Toyota to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your Toyota.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

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The new year is a great time to hold yourself accountable to a financial plan. As you work out your budget for 2021, here are two simple ways that you can save on car expenses.

Maintenance

When you keep good care of your vehicle, you can save big on maintenance costs in the long run. Keep your car properly tuned, since a poorly-tuned car will use more gasoline and cost you more than the tune up.

Stay on top of maintenance by changing your car’s oil and oil filter regularly. Frequent oil changes not only help extend the life of your engine, but they also pay off when it comes to less repairs and engine wear.

When it comes to your tires, check the tire pressure often and have them balanced. In addition, sure to regularly check your car’s fluids and air filters.

Gas

Develop gas-saving driving habits that will boost your vehicle’s efficiency and save you money on fuel. It takes more gas to accelerate to normal speed from a full stop, so make sure to accelerate gently instead of abruptly.

And refrain from slamming on the brakes suddenly, to further conserve gas. Regularly monitor traffic ahead and minimize distractions in the cabin, so you can anticipate when to slow down. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to bring the vehicle to a fall halt you need to.

Another way to save money on car-related expenses is the new year is to get a great deal on a new or leased vehicle here at Jordan Toyota. Stop by to speak with one of our friendly sales reps who will be happy to match you with an affordable Toyota model that suits your needs and lifestyle.

Tips for Keeping Your Toyota Clean This Winter

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Mishawaka winters can get messy. Road salt can cause slush on roads, which can coat your vehicle’s exterior and interior with a layer of grime. Here are some tips for keeping your Toyota clean this winter until spring arrives.

Snow foam

If you are washing your car over the winter, you want to be sure that you remove every bit of grime to avoid rust and corrosion. Use a layer of snow foam to soak off the grime in order to keep your exterior cleaner.

Wax

Wet, snow, and icy roads lead to dirt collecting all over the body of the car. Applying fresh wax can help protect the exterior of your Toyota vehicle. Whenever you hit the road in the winter, that extra layer of wax will help repel water and road salt.

Floor mats

One easy way to keep the interior of your Toyota clean is to use rubber or plastic floor mats instead of the fabric ones. Rubber mats are waterproof so they can easily keep water from soaking into the carpet when snow and grime find their way into the cabin. They’re also a lot faster to clean since you can just hose them off or rinse them down.

Jordan Toyota wishes you and yours a safe and healthy season of winter driving. Remember to call us if your vehicle is in need of service.

Tips for Taking a Zero-Waste Road Trip

Woman and Dog on Road Trip | MIshawaka, IN

Budding environmentalists look for ways to reduce their impact on the delicate ecosystem of our beloved planet in every way possible. If you and your eco-buddies are looking to shirk the environmentally-detrimental airline industry taking outdoor adventures this fall, here are some strategies for taking a zero-waste road trip.

  1. Smart snacking: One of the highlights of any road trip is passing around delicious snacks while singing your favorite songs. Unfortunately, those gas station treats are typically packaged in single-use plastic. Pack your own snacks in reusable containers before you leave home to save money and minimize waste.
  2. Keep it hygienic: If you’re going to be on the road for multiple days, you’re probably going to need to bathe if you plan on having any companions on your trip. Rather than spending a ton of money on plastic-intensive travel-size toiletries or using the ones in your hotel, buy reusable travel-size containers. Better yet, if airline ounce limits aren’t an issue, bring full-size versions to reduce the chance of leaks.
  3. Fuel efficiency: Road trips typically require a lot of fuel, especially if your current vehicle has low gas mileage. Rent an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle like a Prius from Jordan Toyota to save money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint.

Start preparing for your zero-waste journey by calling Jordan Toyota’s service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. It’s an easy way to make sure your vehicle is healthy and safe for your upcoming trip.

3 Simple Hobbies You Can Do At Home

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If you’re finding yourself bored and stuck in your house during these uncertain times, consider dipping your toes into a new hobby. For your consideration, here’s a quick list of easy, affordable hobbies you can do at home.

Take in some documentaries and podcasts

If you’ve run out of shows to binge, check out some documentaries. Streaming services and online video platforms are full of interesting and informative films on fascinating subjects. Podcasts are also a great way to learn new facts and stay entertained — plus, you don’t have to look at a screen, so they’re easy to enjoy while you do household chores.

Try your hand at a new craft

Learning a new craft doesn’t have to be expensive — you can find online video tutorials for everything from drawing and origami to sewing and knitting. In addition to using cheap or readily available supplies, a craft can help you focus and keep your mind off the stresses of everyday life.

Play games with housemates

Stuck indoors with family or roommates? Pass the time with cards or board games. A pack of playing cards only costs a dollar or two, and there’s a seemingly endless variety of games you can play with them. While some board games can be a little pricy, they also provide plenty of at-home fun.

Caring for a vehicle can also be a fun hobby — if you’d like to get behind the wheel of a new car, contact us at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka.

How to Safely Handle a Tire Blowout

2020 Toyota Tacoma Tire | Mishawaka, IN

One moment, you’re driving around the South Bend area without a care in the world. The next moment, your tire has blown out and you’re losing control of your vehicle. What should you do? To prepare yourself for — and prevent — this dangerous situation, review these tips on tire blowout safety.  

Recovering from a tire blowout

If your tire blows out, do your best to stay calm. Panicked braking, acceleration, or turning could send your car spinning out of control. Keep your hands on the wheel and steer the vehicle straight, then gently push down on the gas pedal to keep up your forward momentum.

If you’ve regained some control over the steering, ease up on the gas and let the car slow down. If you can, activate the emergency blinkers. Once your speed is under 30 mph, carefully apply the brakes. Pull off to the side when you’re going slowly enough to do so safely.

Preventing a tire blowout

Not every tire blowout can be prevented, but a few simple precautions can greatly decrease your odds of experiencing one. Start by checking your tire pressure regularly, either with your own pressure tool or at a gas station. This is especially important during hot Indiana summers, when extreme heat can cause your tire pressure to rise too high.

You can also prevent tire blowouts by making sure your tires are in good condition. If they’re worn or cracked, you’ll face a greater blowout risk.

Here at Jordan Toyota, our service staff is ready to give you the help you need to prevent tire blowouts. Bring your vehicle in soon for a pressure check, an inspection, or a new set of tires — and leave with greater peace of mind.

Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Car

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Save time — and your sanity — by taking a few minutes to organize your car. It’s a great way to keep messes at bay and ensure that you can find what you need when you need it. 

Glove compartment organization

If your glove compartment is a bit chaotic, there’s an easy fix for that. Purchase some small folders, label them, and use them for insurance information, service records, and other papers. An expandable organizer or folder would also be a good solution.

Center console organization

Is your center console overflowing with loose change, pens, charging cables, and other random items? Impose some order by placing a handbag organizer on the console. You could even make your own center console organizer using a cardboard box. 

Back-seat organization

Whether you’re hauling kids or traveling solo, it’s easy for the back seat to fill up with everything from trash to toys. Keep a tote or plastic box on hand to organize your children’s stuff. You could also hang a shower caddy or remote holder on the back of the front seat to keep important items in one spot. For trash, a plastic bag tucked inside a cereal container makes a handy receptacle.

Trunk organization

To organize the tools, jumper cables, and emergency kit items in your trunk or cargo hold, grab a box or tote. You may also want to stash a laundry basket back there — it’s a great way to keep groceries secure, and you can also use it to reduce back-and-forth trips between the vehicle and the house.

At Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, we want you to get the most out of your time behind the wheel, and these tips for organizing your car are a great place to start.