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4 Fall Car Care Tips for Opelousas Drivers

Now that the heat of summer is starting to fade, we get to enjoy cooler, nicer weather. Fall is a beautiful time of year here in Louisiana and is the perfect time to clean out your car and get it ready for a new season. Here are some fall car care tips to get you started. Check your battery Batteries are sensitive to extreme temperatures. After the hot summer, get your battery tested to make sure it has enough power left to get you through the fall. Inspect your headlights As the daylight hours get shorter, you will be spending more time driving with your headlights on. Park your car, turn on all the exterior lights, and walk around your car. Make sure all the lights are working and angled correctly. You should also look for clouded lenses that may need to be cleaned or re...
How to Transport a Kayak on Your Toyota
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How to Transport a Kayak on Your Toyota

Kayaking on the water is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to enjoy nature. If you are lucky enough to own a kayak or two, you understand the joy that kayaking offers. However, before you get explore new waters, you have to transport your kayaks from your home to your favorite destinations like the Atchafalaya River or Lake Chicot. We will cover some of the basic steps you need to take to safely travel with a kayak on your Toyota. If you drive a Toyota SUV, like a Highlander or RAV4, it likely has roof rails already. If it does, make sure you also have crossbars. You will also need a kayak rack, padding, and straps. Keep in mind that loading a kayak is best done with two people. Have each person carry one end of the kayak and gently lift and slide it onto the roof and ...
How to Limit Data Usage on the Road
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How to Limit Data Usage on the Road

Heading out on a family road trip can be a fun adventure. Unfortunately, with all the devices we all carry around with us now, a road trip can lead to massive data use. If you don’t want to max out your data cap on your next road trip, consider these tips to help limit data usage. How much data do you use? Here are a few data estimates for common activities: Streaming music: 40 MB – 140 MB/hourSteaming video (SD): 700 MB – 1 GB/hourTurn by turn navigation: 5 MB/hourSending email without attachments: About 20 KB per emailSending email with attachments: About 300 KB per emailVideo call using calling app: 15 MB – 54 MB Download before you go To save on streaming data, download as much media through Wi-Fi as you can before you leave. Most streaming services have this featur...
Summer Car Maintenance Tips for Your Toyota
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Summer Car Maintenance Tips for Your Toyota

With summer basically already upon us, it’s important to remember to take good care of your Toyota. After all, no one wants to get stuck on the side of the road in the heat of Louisiana summer. Luckily, making sure your vehicle is prepared for the heat is easy. To start, you’ll want to give your car a good going-over. Get an oil change and check your fluid levels — especially your coolant. Make sure your tires are in good condition. Check that they’re not too worn or showing any bulges in the sidewalls. Be sure to check your tire pressure too, which can help increase your gas mileage and reduce wear. You’ll want to get your alignment and brakes inspected as well, along with your battery, since heat can impact its lifespan and even cause it to fail. In Louisiana, it’s a good idea...
3 Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck in Opelousas, LA
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3 Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck in Opelousas, LA

For some drivers in Louisiana, owning a truck is an obvious decision. For others, the reasons to drive a pickup truck may not be as obvious. If you’re on the fence about whether to drive a pickup truck in Opelousas or not, here are some benefits that you may not have considered. Safety Pickup trucks like the Tacoma are bigger and stronger than most vehicles on the road, especially sedans and crossovers. Were you to collide with a smaller vehicle in an accident, your truck is large and durable enough to likely sustain less damage than were you driving a smaller car. Utility You already know that pickup trucks are great for towing and hauling, but have you thought about the other uses that trucks provide? Consider their usefulness for camping, tailgating and hunting — all po...
Conventional vs Synthetic Oil: Which Is Better for Your Car?
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Conventional vs Synthetic Oil: Which Is Better for Your Car?

When you bring your car, truck, or SUV to Courvelle Toyota for an oil change, our service technicians will ask you: conventional vs synthetic oil? To help you decide which is better for your vehicle’s motor, here’s a simple explanation of the differences. Their source Both conventional and synthetic motor oil derives from the same initial source: crude oil from the earth that has been cleaned up. Their refinement What distinguishes synthetic oil is that the crude oil has been combined with other quality additives to make the liquid cleaner, more stable, and smoother under pressure. Conventional oil typically only receives the barest filtration and treatment before entering a bottle, making it more volatile and susceptible to deterioration. Their function Both types o...
How to Prolong the Life of Your High-Mileage Toyota in Opelousas, LA
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How to Prolong the Life of Your High-Mileage Toyota in Opelousas, LA

Have you been driving the same high-mileage Toyota for years here in Opelousas? Want to make sure you get even more value out of your car by driving it for even longer? Then you need to make sure you’re properly maintaining it. Follow this advice from Courvelle Toyota to extend the life of your aging Toyota vehicle even further. Use proper oil Once a vehicle passes 100,000 miles on the odometer, it’s time to switch to a different type of motor oil. Instead of the usual synthetic or regular types of oil, use a high-mileage solution that’s been engineered with extra detergents and lubricators for aging, worn-out motors. Go easy on it Aggressive driving strains a car’s engine, brakes, and other operating systems. Instead of forcefully slamming on the gas and brake pedals, let...
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New Year’s Driving Resolutions for Toyota Owners in Opelousas

Make 2022 the best year yet — for yourself and for your Toyota. Making some New Year’s driving resolutions this month will be better for your mental and personal health as well as the wellbeing of your Toyota. Here are some New Year's driving resolutions we at Courvelle Toyota suggest pledging to follow in 2022. Don’t use your cell phone while driving Distracted driving has been on the rise with each passing year, and with it the number of fatal traffic accidents. Resist the urge to check your phone when you’re behind the wheel; it’ll be safer for you and other people. Follow the speed limit Just because nearly everyone in Louisiana speeds mean you should. Speeding is a major contributor to car accidents every year, so hold off on stomping that gas pedal in 2022 and take y...
Fall Car Care Tips for Your Toyota
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Fall Car Care Tips for Your Toyota

As summer transitions into fall and it finally starts to cool off a bit in Louisiana, it’s a great time to perform maintenance on your Toyota. Follow these fall car care tips to keep your vehicle in good condition. Clean the headlights With the days getting shorter, it’s more important than ever to make sure your headlights are providing enough light in the dark. If they are cloudy, buy a headlight restoration kit and clean them off. If the headlights still don’t brighten up the road properly, you may need to replace them. Buy new wipers You need to get new windshield wipers about every six to 12 months so they can effectively clear away water. If it’s been a while since you last replaced them or they’re leaving streaks on your windshield, it’s time to get new ones. If you...
3 Fuel-Saving Driving Tips
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3 Fuel-Saving Driving Tips

Do you spend more time and money at the gas station than you wish you did? While the only way to avoid gas stations completely is to drive an EV, you can cut down on the trips you make there by following these fuel-saving driving tips.  Don’t drive aggressively Sudden braking, quick acceleration, and speeding can all cause your fuel supply to deplete faster. At highway speeds, your gas mileage can decrease by up to 30 percent, and in stop-and-go traffic, it can go down as much as 40 percent. Consider getting a driver feedback device to become a more sensible driver. Follow the speed limit Once you hit speeds of 50 mph, your gas mileage typically starts to decrease at a quicker rate. While you can’t avoid going above 50 mph on the highway, you should make sure to follow the...