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Toyota Venza the Ultimate Family Car

As a mom of three I needed lots of room in my car. I’ve had a minivan for alot of years and it’s been awesome. Now that Sabreena is older and the kids aren’t in carseats or strollers my needs have changed. I now need comfort and convenience over size.  Driving the Toyota Venza was exactly what  had in mind.

The Venza is considered a Crossover. Smaller than a minivan or SUV but bigger than taller than a sedan. I like to call these modern day station wagons. Enough room for a big family but not monstrous like some other vehicles on the streets.  The Venza is the epitome of a family car without losing the stylings and designs that families love.Toyota Venza Limited #LetsGoPlaces Review

I hopped into the Venza right away and noticed the comfortable set up of the controls entertainment system. As a mom I immediately look for features such as safety, storage, door openers, seat adjustments and of course the entertainment  system.Toyota Venza Limited #LetsGoPlaces Review

I may be of a certain age but I love to turn up my music as far as my kids allow and sing along. The Toyota Venza’s Entune Multimedia System with Premium JBL® Audio and Navigation is everything I needed to stay on track with errands, appointments, joyrides  and sports with the kids. We were able to listen to all kinds of music with the sunroof open and passing cars staring.Toyota Venza Limited #LetsGoPlaces Review

When the kids weren’t with me I was able to stow my groceries in the roomy 3rd row and trunk.  Whether I was shopping for a big weekend dinner or for the whole family or a week the room the Venza provided was more than what I needed.Toyota Venza Limited #LetsGoPlaces Review

The in-car wireless Bluetooth kept me connected to Rob while I was out and about. The auxiliary jacks kept me charged up. The telescoping steering wheel kept me comfortable since I’m only 5’3″.

The Toyota Venza is the  next step in the true family car. Safety, Comfort and Style all wrapped up in pretty package.

Experience Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic #TeenDrive365

My family’s safety is important to me.  We stay on top of health care, eat well and wear helmets while bike riding. What I can’t do is monitor them when they aren’t home. This past weekend Sabreena and I attended the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic to learn how to keep her safe on the road.

The clinic is an interactive program held at select Toyota dealerships across the US that teach teens and their families ways to stay safe behind the wheel. The program shows so much more than keeping your eyes on the road but also providing driver education, recognizing real life distractions and experiencing driving simulators to evaluate driving habits.Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic  #ad #stilletomedia #TeenDrive365

Sabreena has 2 years of driving experience under her belt and so far it’s been quite uneventful. This is a good thing but that doesn’t mean I don’t worry about her when she leaves the house. Whether she’s behind the wheel or a passenger in a friend’s car the stress level is the same. We went into the safety clinic prepared to learn something new.  Sabreena isn’t naive to think that she’s a perfect driver and she can’t learn something new. In fact she took a spot in the front row during the lecture part of the event.

Arriving at Holman Toyota we were greeting with an invitation to hop in the driving simulator to assess Sabreena’s driving performance while encountering distractions such as cyclists on the road, oncoming traffic and fiddling around in the glove box.  She scored ok, she didn’t hit any virtual cars or pedestrians but did exceed the speed limit a couple times and crossed her lane of traffic. Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic  #ad #stilletomedia #TeenDrive365

The program then led us into a presentation from a Toyota representative on the dangers of distracted driving, general vehicle maintenance and establishing good driving habits.  We were then introduced to different vehicles and given a scavenger hunt to look for specific items such as the spare tire, recommended tire pressure for the car, fuel door release, brake fluid and more.Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic  #ad #stilletomedia #TeenDrive365

We left the event agreeing that we would each be better role models for each other and for our family and friends. We can’t avoid every accident in life but we can take necessary steps to become more aware and defensive behind the wheel to prevent crashes.Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic  #ad #stilletomedia #TeenDrive365

I encourage you to research the upcoming events in your area and attend this FREE clinic. It’s only 2.5 hours of your time but could provide the needed education to keep you and your teen safe and alive while driving.