Toronto, July 31, 2020 – Since mid-March, most Canadians have dutifully followed the recommendations of health officials to stay home. Now that these restrictions are being gradually loosened, giving people across the country the green light to get out and about more, many are longing for some sort of trip. For some, this means a quick getaway to a provincial park, a camping or cottage adventure with their kids, or a well-overdue visit with family out of town. Regardless of the destination, the majority of Canadians are now looking to their vehicle as a safe way to travel this summer.
“Over the past several months, it’s safe to say that many Canadians stayed home and drove a lot less than normal so, as they prepare to get back on the road, it’s a good idea to make sure their vehicle is ready,” said Bryon Stremler, National Manager, Product Quality and Service Support at Toyota Canada. “There are many quick and relatively inexpensive steps drivers can take to give themselves extra peace of mind as they plan their summer road trip.”
In a national survey conducted in June by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada, 70 percent of respondents said they feel comfortable travelling by vehicle outside of their community. What’s more, 49 percent responded that they planned to make at least one day trip over the summer months.
But before hitting the road, drivers should make sure their vehicle is ready. When in doubt, Stremler says Canadians should contact their local dealership to book a multi-point inspection where a trained technician will perform visual inspections and other tests on the vehicle’s critical systems. Here’s a list of the items a Toyota technician is trained to check:
According to Stremler, once the vehicle has passed inspection, it’s time to check on road trip supplies. In addition to things such as phone chargers, sunscreen, and other essentials, this year’s pandemic and the resulting local health regulations mean Canadians should ensure they’ve packed enough face masks for all travelers, plus soap or hand sanitizer. They may also want to take some time before the trip to clean and disinfect surfaces inside the vehicle, and then take along some cleaning supplies for the road.
“This may not be the summer we anticipated at the start of the year,” said Stremler. “But, with adequate precautions taken, there are still plenty of fun and safe ways to get on the road, explore Canada, and enjoy some adventures in 2020.”
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