Winter Driving Tips
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  • Make sure you have ethylene-glycol antifreeze in the radiator.

    Do not use alcohol type antifreeze.

  • Check the condition of the battery and cables.
    Cold temperatures reduce the capacity of any battery, so it must be in top shape to provide enough power for winter starting. Checking the Battery Condition and Fluid Levels. Your Toyota dealer and most service stations will be pleased to check the level of charge.
  • Make sure the engine oil viscosity is suitable for the cold weather.
    Recommended Viscosity. Leaving a heavy summer oil in your vehicle during winter months may cayse harder starting. If you are not sure about which oil to use, call your Toyota dealer - they will be pleased to help.
  • Keep the door locks from freezing.
    Squirt lock de-icer or glycerine into the locks to keep them from freezing. To open a frozen lock, try heating the key before inserting it.
  • Keep the retractable headlights raised when there is a possibility they could freeze.
  • Use a washer fluid containing an antifreeze solution.
    This product is available at your Toyota dealer and most auto parts stores. Follow the manufacturer's directions for how much to mix with water.

    Do not use engine antifreeze or any other substitute as washer fluid because it may damage your vehicle's paint.

  • Do not use your parking brake when there is a possibility it could freeze.
    When parking, put the transmission into "P" (automatic) or into first or reverse (manual) and bock the front wheels. Do not use the parking brake, or snow or water accumulated in and aroud the parking brake mechanism may freeze the parking brake making it hard to release.
  • Keep ice and snow from accumulating under the fenders.
    Ice and snow build up under your fenders can make steering difficult. During bad winter driving, stop and check under the fenders occasionally.
  • Depending on where you are driving, we recommend you carry some emergency equipment.
    Some of the things you might put in the vehicle are tire chains, window scraper, bag of sand or salt, flares, small shovel, jumper cables, etc.