Back-to-School Safe Driving Tips: How to Keep Safe This Fall

Back To School Safe Driving TIps | Toronto, ON

A new school year is on the horizon, which means it’s time to stock up on folders and notebooks, and get the kids some new backpacks. It’s also important that you review some back-to-school safe driving tips to ensure you’re staying safe out on the road.

Drive the speed limit

School zones have specific speed limits, typically lower than the normal limit. This limit is there to ensure you are driving slowly enough that you will have enough time to react should a child dart out into the street in front of you. That’s why it’s important that you drive at or below the posted school-zone speed limit.

Watch for school buses

School busses are likely a fixture during your morning commute, which is why it’s important to know how to react, should a school bus come to a stop. If you see the bus’s stop sign come out and its lights flash red, you need to make sure you stop and stay stopped until the bus moves forward. Even then, proceed cautiously in case there are children walking slowly near the road.

Listen to the crossing guard

Crossing guards work to help keep children safe as they cross the road. If there is a crossing guard at a set of traffic lights, make sure you pay attention to the guard, not the lights.

Here at Lexus Downtown, we want to ensure our community is staying safe at all times, but especially when school is back in session. Follow these tips to help create a secure environment for all.

Sail Through Summer with These Car Care Tips

Summer Car Care Tips | Toronto, ON

Summer is finally here, which means you should start thinking about how to help your car thrive in hotter temperatures. Here are some summer car care tips to keep your car running smoothly.

Complete your car’s routine maintenance. Hotter temperatures mean your car is more likely to overheat, especially if you’re driving long distances this summer. That’s why you should visit Lexus Downtown’s service department and get your car’s oil changed so it’s fresh and clean. Also, make sure your coolant system is in working order so that it’s in peak condition to keep your engine cool.

Watch your tires. When the temperature outside changes, so can your car’s tire pressure. Make sure your tires remain in the recommended tire pressure range. That will keep your car riding smoothly and reduce the risk of an accident.

Replace your windshield wipers. Summer storms are on their way, which is why it’s important to make sure that your windshield wipers are in top condition. They should be replaced every six months to a year, so if you haven’t done so in a while, now would be a good time. You should also replace your wipers if they’re streaking the windshield or if there are cracks in the rubber.

Takumi Craftsmanship Documentary Highlights Lexus Legacy

Takumi craftsmanship documentary | Toronto, ON

For many westerners, you’re considered an expert in your craft after 10,000 hours of study. In Japan, you’re not considered a master until you’ve spent 60,000 hours learning your subject — the equivalent of almost 30 years of practice.

This is the subject of a recent documentary created for Lexus by Clay Jeter, the director of Chef’s Table on Netflix. Through this documentary, which is currently available on Amazon Prime Video, we get to look into the world of the Takumi, which is the highest level of artisan in Japan.

Lexus has helped create this Takumi craftsmanship documentary to highlight the dedication that goes into becoming a master, and to ask an important question — will the Takumi way survive in a world increasingly powered by artificial intelligence?

The visually stunning 54-minute film follows four Japanese artisans who have dedicated their lives to their craft, including a traditional paper-cutting artist, an automotive master craftsman, a chef who has received two Michelin stars, and a carpenter for one of the oldest construction companies in the world.

Over the past 30 years, since Lexus’s conception, the Japanese brand has worked to ensure the concept of Takumi is incorporated into its work. That is why its vehicles have an intense attention to detail that other luxury brands don’t have.

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