Tips on Avoiding Road Rage

We’ve all experienced it: somebody cuts in front of us on the highway or tailgates you. It’s hard not to react; it’s frustrating! But before you do something you may then regret, you might want to take a look at these tips on how to handle road rage.

Listen to Music

It might seem silly, but blasting your favorite music instead of blasting your horn might help you. You know you have those songs that you can’t help but sing along to, so compile a list and make it your preventative road rage playlist!

Plan Ahead

If you plan ahead and allow more time to get to your destination, then you won’t get so angry when someone then delays your trip.

Avoid Eye Contact

If someone cuts you off or is riding your bumper, chances are that they’re not someone that will avoid aggression. Avoid making eye contact with them and don’t play into their games, even if you’re angry.

Talk It Out

It’s okay to talk to yourself sometimes! Say all the things you wish you could say to that person, but to yourself, where they can’t hear you. Then take some deep breaths. You’ve released it!

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat

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You pets deserve the same amount of car and attention that we do in the summer heat!

As the temperature and humidity rise in the summer, staying cool and safe becomes even more important as we try to combat Mother Nature.

Not only do we have to look out for ourselves and our family but also our beloved pets.

Here are a few tips to ensure their safety!

Have plenty of water available

Whether your pet is going to be at home alone all day or they’re going outside with you, having fresh water at hand will ensure they’re hydrated. Having extra water available is vital to preventing heat exhaustion.

Look for areas with shade if going outside

If you’re planning on taking your dog, cat or another furry friend outside, it’s crucial to make sure there are areas with shade available for them to seek shelter from the sun. For example, if you’re going to a park, pick an area where trees are around so they have someplace to cool off. Otherwise, you put them in danger of getting heatstroke.

Don’t park and leave your pets in the car

When travelling this summer, it’s tempting to bring pets along with us. However, leaving them alone in the car while we do other activities is negligent and could lead to grave consequences. Inside your car, temperatures rise quickly and can exceed what we feel outside. Avoid your pets having to endure this scenario (even briefly) by taking them with you when you park.

One-Tank Road Trips from San Francisco: Discover the Region

road trips from San Francisco
                                                                  Photo taken by: Lara Farhadi
                                                                                  Lake Tahoe.

Hop in your car and explore the San Francisco Bay Area. Road trips are an American tradition that let you experience the open road while also seeing some of the best local attractions around. We’ve put together a list of one-tank road trips from San Francisco to give you an idea of the places you can explore in your car.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a must for anyone living in California. Located four hours away from San Francisco, you can have a quality road trip and see some of the most iconic landmarks in the country. Hike, camp, and explore at Yosemite, and bring the kids for an experience they won’t forget.

Lake Tahoe

According to Thrillist, you should also stop by Lake Tahoe. Located just three and a half hours from San Francisco, you can ski, fish, rent a boat, or hike to Eagle Lake. With beginner hiking trails and truly stunning views, Lake Tahoe is a fun road trip destination for virtually anyone.

Napa or Sonama Valley

When most people think of California, they think of wine country. Stop by Napa or Sonoma Valley to taste wine, visit spas, and see petrified forests. Plus, California wine country is also known for its incredible fine dining, so be sure to stop at as many restaurants as possible.

Eureka and Menocino

Finally, for those really looking to spend time on the road, go from San Francisco to Eureka and on to Mendocino. This five-hour drive will take you even longer if you stop, so be sure to free up a weekend. You can drive through thick redwoods, stay at a Victorian Inn (in Eureka), see the seaside, and eat come great food. This easy-going trip is a great way to really see what California has to offer.

As you can see, there are a ton of great road trips from San Francisco! Come find your perfect vehicle to accompany you on the trip at Fremont Scion!

Check Out These Scenic Drives Near San Francisco

Big Sur - Scenic Drives Near San Francisco
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Explore the world in your new Scion. Near the San Francisco area alone, there are tons of scenic views that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 scenic drives near San Francisco to get you outdoors and on the road.

According to CBS, one of the most appealing drives is the iconic 17-Mile Drive. If you are native to the area, you’ve probably at least heard of this scenic ocean view. Located south of Monterey, this area was once populated by some of the wealthiest moguls in the country.

Fans of Jack Kerouac have probably made a visit to Big Sur, from which one of his later novels takes its name. This lightly populated area in Southern California is home to exceptional dining, the beautiful Pfeiffer State Park, and giant redwood groves.

A whopping 90 percent of all wine from the US comes from California, making the Napa Valley a great destination for both tourists and residents. After tourist season, Highway 29 is much more enjoyable, with views of massive vineyards and some of the best restaurants on the West Coast.

Believe it or not, Sonoma Valley actually has more wineries than Napa Valley—true wine lovers will want to head here. With Highway 12 and Highway 116 running through the area, you can visit the historic Sonoma Plaza, the London State Historic Park, and tons of great restaurants.

Finally, take a trip down Mendocino Coast. With picturesque communities spotted along the coast, you won’t want to leave. Naturally, wine and fine-dining are everywhere, but there are also breathtaking shoals and unforgettable views of the Jackson State Forest.

Scion Pure Process Plus: the Future of Car Buying

Scion Pure Process Plus

If you’re looking for a way to streamline the car-buying process, check out Scion Pure Process Plus. Designed for the modern age, this program has Scion working closely with dealerships in order to make car shopping easy, transparent, and even empowering.

According to Scion, one of the core components of Pure Process Plus is the Pure Price philosophy. Put simply, you get what you see. Scion aims to be transparent with its customers, offering up-front prices and costs with all of the fees and charges included. No surprises—the price you are told is what you pay.

Pure Process Plus also aims to simplify the car-buying process by letting you do most of the work from home. In the digital age, it is not necessary to spend the entire day at the lot looking over details. You can do a large portion of the transaction from home—simply print out pre-approval and information forms, fill out an online dealer-inquiry form, and you can go to the lot and see your prospective car.

Finally, you can build your Scion online. Get everything you want by designing your car by yourself. An easy-to-use interface lets you swap parts and trim, and you can shop from a range of features to find everything that fits your needs. Car buying has never been easier. Check out our full selection of New Scion cars at Fremont Scion and take advantage of the Scion Pure Process Plus today!

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

choose the right sunglassesSunglasses are a timeless accessory that will always be fashionable, whether you opt for the latest styles or trendy, retro frames. Plus, sunglasses offer the very real function of protecting your eyes and the sensitive skin around them from the sun’s UV rays. So, how do you choose the right sunglasses for you?

 

When choosing a pair of sunglasses, it is vital to ensure that they offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Not only will this protect you from the glare, but it can save you from crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the long term.

 

While many believe that their windshield and windows protect them from the sun’s rays, this is unfortunately not the case. We recommend that you wear sunscreen everyday, but the least you can do to protect your eyes is wear the right sunglasses.

 

According to WebMD, too much UV light can even promote cataracts, so it’s imperative that you choose the right sunglasses this summer.

 

For more safety tips or to start your season out with a new vehicle, visit us anytime at Fremont Scion!

Explore These Fremont Family Attractions This Summer

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Photo By David Ball 

If you’re looking for family-friendly attractions in Fremont this summer, you are in luck. There is no shortage of top-notch family events in Fremont throughout the year, sure to please children of all ages and parents. Here is a short list of Fremont family attractions to get you started:

  • Rockin Jump Fremont – This trampoline park offers a unique experience and can even be the location of your child’s next birthday party. Check out their website, here.
  • Mad Science of the Bay Area – Mad Science provides science-based enrichment in the form of science camps, classroom workshops, and more. Check out their website, here.
  • Always Dream Play Park – If a simple park is more suited to your family, then this serene playground is ideal for you. Learn more information, here.
  • Aqua Adventure – Lastly, cool down at this thrilling water park, which offers swimming lessons for young children as well as the best slides for those who are older. Check out their website, here.

And if you’re looking for a vehicle that the entire family will love, contact us or visit us anytime at Fremont Scion!

Scion tC Release Series 10.0 Will Be the Last

Scion tC Release Series The Scion brand may be transitioning back to Toyota, but the cars are there to stay—well, all except one: the Scion tC. Those who love the sports coupe may be sad to see it go, including a few of us at Fremont Scion, but the automaker is throwing in a new Release Series special model to soften the blow.

The Scion tC Release Series 10.0 will feature a TRD exhaust, TRD-branded lowering springs, and the Ken Miura body kit that comes with a lovely Barcelona Red paint. It’ll also receive black badges, gloss-black wheels, and red contrast stitching that makes the tC look even sportier.

The engine remains the same with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 179 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque, but thanks to the lowering springs, the car will have a lower center of gravity, giving it tighter, and more responsive handling.

Like all Release Series models, only 1,200 units will be produced. Except this time, they’ll be the very last Scions.

Toyota 86 Will Be the Scion FR-S’s New Name

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The Scion FR-S will now be known as the Toyota 86

This August, most of the cars in our lineup at Fremont Scion will be rebadged into Toyotas. One of these is the Scion FR-S, one of the most popular small sports cars among young customers in the United States. In many places around the world, it’s already known as the Toyota 86 or Toyota GT86, and the former is exactly what the Scion FR-S’s new name will be moving forward.

However, the changes don’t start and end with the rebadging. As part of the move to Toyota, the Scion FR-S—sorry, the 86—will see its 2.0-liter boxer-four’s output increase to 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. It’ll also get tweaked gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission to smoothen out the power delivery, as well as new shock tuning and spring rates to improve handling.

It will also receive cosmetic changes beyond the badge, starting with a new, more aggressive front bumper and a large air intake that stretches across the width. LEDs will replace the headlights and taillights and twist-spoke wheels will make an entrance. Inside, the car will mostly be the same except for new silver stitching and new materials on the doors and dash.

All in all, the Scion FR-S’s evolution into the Toyota 86 is looking good!

Fun Spring Family Activities for Everyone

Camping can be a great family activity in the spring!
Camping can be a great family activity in the spring!

Spring is on its way, and with the onset of warm weather, children are getting restless and looking forward to playing outside again. After several months of gradually developing cabin fever, enjoying a bit of sunshine and the mild temperatures is the perfect cure. Here are some fun ideas for spring family activities that can get everyone out into the great outdoors to enjoy the spring weather and bond outside the home.

Camping: Probably one of the most common outdoorsy activities for families, camping in the spring is especially fun because it comes at a time of year that isn’t too hot or cold. There are a lot of different options for camping, too, so if you’re the type who can’t live a week without electricity or plumbing, you can just as easily stay in a cabin or RV. Remember to bring the bug spray!

A Picnic: If camping is a little too dramatic, going on a simple picnic can be an easy compromise. Enjoy the warm, mild weather at a nice park surrounded by nothing but nature, the people you care about, and lots of delicious food. This comes with the bonus activity of having to prepare, so getting the kids involved in packing blankets and cooking or making food can add some additional family bonding.

Arts and Crafts with Flowers: When spring comes, flowers follow close behind it. Take advantage of the new blooms by incorporating them into some sort of crafty activity, especially if your kids are artistic types. Pressing flowers, weaving flowers into flower crowns and necklaces, or even putting flowers in a vase of water dyed with food coloring to change their color can all be fun activities, especially if you take everyone out to pick their own flowers beforehand.

Hiking or Biking: Going on an adventure on a nature trail, whether you’re on foot or riding a bike, is a fun way for everyone to get some fresh air and exercise without realizing it. Plus, you can incorporate fun lessons into these activities, like identifying different trees, plants, and flowers, or taking in the local wildlife. You can even include other activities, like camping or picnicking, in this one as well.