Routine tire maintenance will help you avoid tire repairs in New Orleans.
Runners all have at least one thing in common whether they’re pounding the pavement for fun and exercise every morning or whether they’re prepping for an event, like this Saturday’s 5K Fat Boy Race in Metairie or the Hell’s Hills 5K, 10K and half marathon in Ruston. No, we’re not talking about sore muscles. We’re talking about running shoes and the need to keep them in top shape and replace them every 300 to 400 miles. For runners, keeping their shoes in good shape is a matter of comfort, safety and health.
It’s the same issue facing all car and truck owners. We all have tires that need to be replaced every so often as a matter of safety for ourselves, our passengers and other drivers. Like runners with their shoes, we need to know how to care for our tires so they last longer.
According to the non-profit Car Care Council, a driver should keep tires properly inflated (where is that pesky owner’s manual when you need it?) and check monthly to make sure tires are at the proper pressure (spare included). While checking the inflation, you should also look at the wear – not just to see if you need new tires, but to make sure they’re wearing evenly. Uneven wear, or shaking or pulling to one side could indicate an alignment problem. The council recommends checking the alignment at least once a year.
“Tires are critical to a vehicle’s handling and traction, and maintaining proper pressure is vitally important to vehicle safety. Underinflated tires are under stress and will wear unevenly, causing them to need to be replaced sooner,” council executive director Rich White says. “Routinely checking tire balance and wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves handling, and increases fuel economy.”
Now, you can do all these routine tire maintenance chores yourself. Or you can make it easy on yourself (and make sure it’s done right) by bringing your car to the tire service experts at one of Twin Tire and Auto Care’s three locations in Marrero, Harvey or Hammond. That way, if you need tire repair or new tires, you’re already in the right place. Twin Tire has been the trusted New Orleans area shop for tire maintenance, new tires and car repair since we opened in 1973. If you need new tires, we carry all brands, sizes and styles. Twin Tire isn’t limited to tire care. We also have a full service auto repair and maintenance department at all our locations. We even have tires for and do repairs on heavy, commercial trucks. But you’ll have to go to our Harahan location for that.
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