Category Archives: Toyota Safety

How to Know if a Pothole Damage Your Tires & Wheels


You’re on your way to work or visiting some famous St. Louis sites when you suddenly find yourself sidelined after a nasty run-in with a pothole. In fact, potholes can take you by surprise at any time of day—and they can cause some real damage to not just your tires, but your entire vehicle.

With the winter months here, asphalt will begin expanding and contracting as temperatures change. That means the potential for more potholes. (Rinse, repeat—the agonizing cycle continues.) Let’s take a look at how potholes can cause havoc to your wheels, tires and the rest of your car.

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Car Seat

A Parent’s Guide to Missouri Child Car Seat Laws

Did you know that National Child Passenger Safety Week occurs each September? As a parent, you might think you’re all covered here, but data suggests that nearly half of all children’s car seats are installed incorrectly, which increases the risk of infant injury or death by up to 71%.

At Pappas Toyota, we wanted to do our part and help parents understand the ins and outs of Missouri’s child car seat laws. Here’s everything you need to know about the state’s rules regarding booster seats, infant seats, and general child safety seats by age, height, and weight.

Car Seat

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Prevent Texting and Driving

7 Teen Driver Safety Tips To Eliminate Distractions

Did you know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month? (Don’t worry — not many people in St. Louis do.)

We shouldn’t need a dedicated month to publicly condemn distracted driving, yet data clearly shows that distracted driving is a growing epidemic, particularly among teenage drivers who are already prone to make mistakes on the road. Approximately 6 out of 10 teen car crashes are caused by a distracted driver. As a parent, these sobering stats may have you questioning whether to even buy your teen his first car.

For those worried parents, we suggest reviewing these tips with your teenager and be sure to take the pledge to remain distraction-free through April (and the other 11 months of the year).

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