Be Prepared | Auto Care

Regular auto care will help keep your car ready in case of an emergency.

With fall festival season underway, most peoples’ thoughts are turned to events like the Carnaval Latino rather than considering the possibility of a natural disaster. But the American Public Health Association is considering the possibilities and has some tips for ways to stay safe on the road if a natural disaster hits:

“There are a few emergency items you should have in your car at all times. Your vehicle’s emergency kit should include jumper cables, up-to-date maps, emergency flares, a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra blankets, a spare tire, batteries, a battery-operated radio, a manual can opener and a cellphone charger. It’s also important that you have bottled water and non-perishable foods.

“You can purchase specially packaged food and water that will last for long periods of time in your car. However, you can also prepare a portable kit of food and water to store in your home; just make sure it’s easily accessible so you can grab it in a hurry in case of evacuation. Make sure every car in your household, including your teenage son’s or daughter’s car, is prepared for an emergency. …

“If you know a disaster is headed your way, such as a hurricane, keep a full tank of gas in the car so you’ll be ready to go. And have some cash on hand, in case ATMs or credit card machines are down.

“Finally, don’t forget about your vehicle’s maintenance — it can be critical if you encounter disaster or heavy weather. For example, check the tire pressure, make sure your windshield wipers work well, and inspect the antifreeze and coolant levels.”

Twin Tire and Auto Care is the place to go for that auto service. Twin Tire has been New Orleans’ trusted auto care and auto repair shop since 1973. Twin Tire’s certified auto mechanics will keep your car or truck in top condition and ready for anything, from a bit of fun to an emergency. Twin Tire has three convenient locations to service your car or light truck: Marrero, Hammond and Harvey. Twin Tire has a location in Harahan for heavy commercial vehicles.

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