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Do I Need an Emissions Test If I Live in Birmingham AL?

Monday, January 20th, 2020
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Alabama Vehicle Emissions Testing Requirements and Locations

Getting emissions tests is a common requirement in many states throughout the United States. These tests aim to help control pollution or smog in certain areas of states that have a high population, such as urban areas. So, do you need an emissions test if you live in Birmingham, AL? Keep reading this guide to Alabama vehicle emissions testing requirements and locations to find out.   (more…)

Local Birmingham Parking Laws and Restrictions

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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How Far Can I Park from a Fire Hydrant in Alabama?

Whether you are a new or seasoned driver, you may have a few questions surrounding parking in the Birmingham area. Locals and visitors alike may be unfamiliar with some parking specifics like how far you can park from a fire hydrant and how far you need to be from a stop sign. This guide from Serra Toyota is going to dive into some of the laws surrounding parking throughout Alabama and the Birmingham area.  (more…)

How to Know If Your Vehicle Is Affected By a Recall and What to Do

Monday, October 14th, 2019
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How Do I Know If My Toyota Vehicle is Recalled?

If you’ve ever heard that your make and model vehicle is being recalled, you may go into an instant worry about if your vehicle is being affected by it. But how do you know if your Toyota vehicle is recalled? This guide is going to dive into helping you understand recalls and tell you what to do if your vehicle is ever affected. (more…)

Keep Your Toyota Shining by Following This How-To Wax Guide

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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How to Wax a Toyota Vehicle with Tub Wax

Waxing your vehicle is an important step in maintaining its shine and overall good looks. With routine waxing, the exterior of your Toyota will stay shiny and have a layer of long-lasting protection. Learn how to wax a Toyota vehicle with tub wax in this guide from Serra Toyota to get your car looking brand new. (more…)

Travel Tips For Families WIth Small Children

Friday, June 28th, 2019
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If upcoming travel plans with the kids have you stressed, this blog is for you. While it can be hard to keep even the most well-behaved children quiet and comfortable during long car trips, we have a variety of tricks that should help to keep them engaged and happy so you can make family memories that don’t include the phrase, “Are We There Yet?” (more…)

Is It Dangerous to Drive in Strong Winds?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
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In the United States, weather-related automobile accidents account for about 16% of all vehicular deaths. Of all the on-road weather hazards, wind is easily one of the most underestimated. Keep reading for some driving tips that can help get you to your destination safely in high winds. (more…)

Is it safe for a child to wear a coat in a car seat?

Thursday, December 20th, 2018
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As temperatures lower for the winter season, it’s important to keep your children bundled up and warm. However, it can be dangerous to keep them in their winter jackets during car travel if they are still using a car seat. Learn the truth about winter jackets and car seat safety below. (more…)

New Toyotas Offer Standard Safety for Teen Drivers

Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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While common convention suggests that new drivers should hit the streets in a rust bucket to minimize costs on the purchase price or losses in the case of an accident, new information suggests that arming new drivers with active safety can be beneficial. Active safety features like the ones found in Toyota Safety Sense may be able to fill in some of the gaps caused by inexperience and distraction for new drivers and can help to reduce the number and severity of accidents. Keeping that in mind, we have included some of our favorite Toyota models that we think are best for new drivers below. (more…)

How To Prepare for the Fall Driving Season

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
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The fall driving season is arguably the most beautiful time to be out for a joyride. However, falling leaves and changing weather conditions add a few extra driving hazards to the roadways. Find the 4 habits for safe fall car travel we are sure to follow once summer comes to an end below. (more…)

Safety Tips for Driving After Dark

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018
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5 Tips for New Drivers: Night Driving Edition

Night time driving presents an extra set of challenges for all drivers, but especially for new drivers who are still learning the rules of the road. Find our 5 best tips for successful night driving below. (more…)

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