Caring for you and your Toyota in autumn

As the warm glow of summer begins to fade, along with the golden tan you worked so hard on, it’s time for a little preparation ahead of driving over the picturesque, but sometimes hazardous months of autumn.

We’ve all enjoyed the long balmy days of summer with its hours of bright and clear conditions, but the hours of daylight reduce quite rapidly in autumn, and we are soon starting and ending our day at the wheel in darkness.

Light up autumn

It only takes a few moments, but ask a friend or family member to confirm that all of your lights are functioning correctly, from headlamps and indicators to brake, fog and reversing lights, get them to give you a thumbs up – and if it’s been a while since the light covers have seen a sponge, give them a good clean too.

According to statistics from the Japanese National Police Agency, there was a 24% higher probability of fatal traffic accidents occurring during twilight hours (16:00 to 20:00) than other times of the day in 2013. Similarly, in these hours pedestrians are at a much higher risk, as twice as many deaths occur at night than during the day.

With this in mind, it’s key that you make your Toyota as visible as you can for other road users and pedestrians by turning on your headlights well before the sun sets. By wearing reflective clothing at night pedestrians can also alert drivers of their presence much sooner and help to reduce the risk of accidents in twilight hours.


With your headlights switched on for more of the time, as well as the heating and heated rear windscreens engaged, your battery will be under higher demands than it has been throughout summer. Make sure that your battery is in good working order and that all terminals are securely attached, and if you experience any difficulty when starting, it’s likely that a replacement battery is in order before the harsher conditions of winter arrive.

Avoid the glare

With the sun much lower in the sky, glare and bright dazzling light in your eyes is a common distraction at this time of year. A dirty windscreen, both inside and out, along with the often ignored stone chips and scratches can make glare even more exaggerated, so don’t wait in getting these repairs made at the same time as making the screen spotlessly clean.

Not just for kicking

When we think of autumnal days, it’s often a brisk walk with the crunch of leaves under our feet. But behind the wheel of your Toyota these soggy leaves can be a hazard, making cornering slippery and braking distances uncertain while hiding potholes and bumps in the road. To combat this, reduce your speed when cornering and allow more space when braking to avoid any of those heart-stopping moments.

As the only point of contact on these slippery roads it is very important to check the condition of your tyres. Take the time for a complete inspection and look for signs of damage, excessive wear or bulges in the sidewall of the tyres, and at the same time make sure to check all pressures. If you are unsure of these, you can find them in the owner’s manual.

As well as the challenges nature throws at drivers in autumn, there are areas under the skin of your car that your local Toyota Repairer can help you in inspecting.

Caring For You guide

Read our simple guide, Caring For You and Your Toyota in Autumn, where we provide a few valuable hints and tips so you enjoy a safe and trouble-free time at the wheel of your Toyota.

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