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Toyota Researches Body Posture to Improve Vehicle Safety

Toyota Researches Body Posture to Improve Vehicle Safety

Making a vehicle safe isn’t easy, and automakers work round the clock to ensure our vehicles are structurally sound. Seat belts, airbags, and the anti-lock braking system all work to keep you safe. Self-driving cars are starting to become a reality, and passenger safety is a priority. How a passenger sits in their vehicle while they aren’t driving is an important consideration. Principal Engineer, Jason Hallman is leading the research at the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center. The study examines the variations in body posture during a drive and how this information can enhance vehicle safety. At present, all passenger safety regulations require crash dummies to remain in upright postures when driving. However, regular passengers don’t typically stay in an upright position while driving. Vehicle passengers will engage in various activities such as eating, drinking, and chatting with other passengers. Some researchers believe that these tests should encompass ... read more

A Glance Behind You – The History of the Rear-view Mirror

For car racing fans, the Indy 500 is the event of the year. The Indy 500 is a race in which racecar drivers conquer the track to drive over 500 miles worth of laps. Their speed and expertise can attract over 100k fans to the Indianapolis stadium. This years’ Indy 500 is scheduled to take place on August 23, 2020. The first racer that won the first Indy 500 race captured the hearts of car enthusiasts worldwide. The Indy 500 has been a fan favorite for the last few decades, and it holds historical elements to the evolution of our modern-day vehicles. The first winner of the Indy 500 designed a mirror that has become standard on cars all over the world - the rear-view mirror. From the make of a vehicle to the engine, there are many aspects of a car to be enthralled with. However, with a mirror dripping in so much history, this is an ode to the rear-view mirror. Even though he’s not the first to patent the rear-view mirror, most historians tip their hats off to Ray Harroun as ... read more

Someone hit my car while it was parked

With more people working from home, it’s common to leave your car parked only to come back and notice another car has hit it. Don’t let this give you anxiety; these types of accidents are common and, with the right resources, aren’t too complicated to manage. A driver may have hit your vehicle and left a note, or hit and drove away. Both of these situations use similar steps to resolve.  The first step is to remain calm. Finding your vehicle hit after safely leaving it parked can cause most people significant distress. It’s best to collect your thoughts before proceeding to ensure rational and logical decisions.  If the driver is still around, calmly collect their contact information and car insurance policy. You’ll need this information when you report this accident to your insurance company and the police (if you choose to file a report). If the driver isn’t around but left a note, contact them to confirm that you have the correct infor ... read more

How to Travel Safely With Pets

How to Travel Safely With Pets

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and travel to your favorite spot. You don’t want to leave your beloved pets behind - so why not bring them along! Most parks and recreation spots do allow pets, so you can bring your furry friends along with you. However, doing your research and prepping as much as possible for the trip can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable for both you and your pets.  It is important to make sure that your pets will be comfortable on the ride. If you’re traveling in the car, be sure to bring a pet bed or blankets along with you. When your pet is able to relax on the road, they will be much more calm and less nervous on the road.  Make sure to stop at plenty of rest stops along the way. Getting out of the vehicle to stretch your pet’s legs and allow them to relieve themselves will be the best way to keep them comfortable and calm throughout the drive. It will also be good for the drivers, too!  Ensure that you br ... read more

Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Accidents

Being safe on the road is important while driving. If you expect to get to your destination safely and without trouble, driving cautiously and abiding by driving laws and regulations are key. After years of driving, we often forget what we learned when we first started, and being reminded of some of those safety tips can help keep us all safe on the road. Here at 5 tips on how to avoid car accidents: Drive according to the speed limit and with caution. The speed limit on roads is there for a reason - it is the speed that is deemed safe for that area. Driving according to the speed limit will allow you to have proper control of your vehicle and be able to slow down or stop safely when needed.   Always signal when changing lanes. Your blinkers are extremely important when it comes to letting others on the road know where your vehicle is planning to go. Not using your blinkers can cause other drivers to have to slam on their brakes or swerve out of the way if they aren’t pr ... read more

Keeping your Kids Busy During COVID-19 Shutdowns

Keeping your Kids Busy During COVID-19 Shutdowns

With offices and businesses closing their doors and schools canceling classes until May, we understand that many of you parents out there may be working from home or staying home to watch your kids during this time. COVID-19 has not stopped spreading since first news of the virus in the US was first discovered, and California has remained one of the top states in terms of virus cases reported.  Being couped up all day in a house with kids can be difficult, especially when trying to get work done if you are working from home. Of course, we should all understand how important these closures are to preventing the further spread of COVID-19 and why social distancing is essential. This is why we want to share a few ideas for keeping your kids busy while dealing with the shelter in place order.  Here are some ideas on how you can keep your kids busy during this time:  Keep the same routine in place as if your child is in school. Wake them up at the same tim ... read more

We Are Open and Here to Help!

We Are Open and Here to Help!

TOS Auto Repair is considered an essential business and we will be open and operating during normal hours during the recommended shelter in place order. We are taking extra precautions during this time and are taking extra steps disinfecting common areas and common touch points at the shop such as the doors, counters, etc and wiping down your vehicle after service. We are also offering “white glove service” where we will pick up and deliver your vehicle. Call for details. Please give us a call and schedule an appointment and for more information or just click below to schedule an appointment.  Sincerely, TOS Auto Repair Team

What is a Fuel Pump Replacement?

The fuel pump in your vehicle is an integral part of your vehicle's fuel system, providing pressurized gas to the fuel injectors. The fuel pump is powered by an electric motor and is inside of the gas tank. The output and the pressure of the pump is actually controlled by a regulator.  A good OEM fuel pump can last you indefinitely with proper vehicle care. However, this part, like many other mechanical parts, can degrade over time and need to be replaced. If the fuel pumps fails, your engine won't receive the fuel it needs to run your vehicle. If your fuel pump needs to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Your vehicle won't start Car unexpectedly stalls The check engine light is on You hear a whirring noise coming from the fuel tank Any engine or fuel system issue should be addressed at the first sign of a problem. Here at TOS Auto Repair, we are here to help with all of your engine repair needs. If you suspect that you may ne ... read more

Items to Never Leave in Your Vehicle

We are all guilty of it...getting home after a long day and neglecting to take inside some items from our vehicle that we know we should. We know that it can take that extra self-push to take out what needs to be brought in, and understanding why you should never leave these items in your vehicle overnight can help you make the extra effort.  Actually, some items on our list may surprise you. You may have never thought that the following items shouldn't be kept in your vehicle, but we promise that the reasons are valid. Some items can even pose a safety hazard in extreme weather conditions. Here are some items never to leave in your vehicle overnight:  The most important is valuables. Never leave a laptop, phone, camera, or other valuable in your car overnight - especially in plain sight. While this may seem like common sense, if you live in a safe area you may not think that anyone would break into your vehicle. However, you never know where crime could strike, so avoi ... read more

What Our Auto Repair Technicians Want from Santa

What Our Auto Repair Technicians Want from Santa

The holiday season is officially here, and we can’t help but love this busy time of year at TOS Auto Repair. We genuinely love experiencing the joy of gift-giving, as we cherish the look on our loved ones’ faces when they open up the most thoughtful gift. We can’t forget about our technicians this holiday, as we are ever-so-grateful for the part they play in keeping the streets of Sacramento safe, even during the holidays.  What exactly do our technicians want from Santa Claus? First, our technicians want to receive continuing education and training for the automotive industry. To stay on their A-game and properly service your vehicle, training is a must. The team at TOS Auto Repair is going to get exactly what they want -- training is always a priority at TOS Auto Repair.  Next, our auto mechanics want the utilize the latest and greatest tools and technology. We make sure our auto repair shop in Sacramento is stocked with the highest-quality equipment. Ou ... read more

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