On the Road Again | New Orleans Car Care

Leaving New Orleans on a road trip? Is your car road ready?

One of the biggest holiday weekends of the year is just days away. Your kids are all ready for the Third of July event in New Orleans City Park. But you’ve got other ideas. With three days to play, you’re thinking ROAD TRIP!

You’re not the only one. Summer is a great time for road trips. So much so that the non-profit Car Care Council is reminding drivers that they shouldn’t just put gas in their car and take off.

A pre-trip vehicle check can determine how road-ready your vehicle is so you can take steps to have any problems fixed before heading out for vacation,” the council says. The group says the pre-trip check can “help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home.”

The council recommends that you check

  • filters and fluids, including engine oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer and power steering, brake and transmission fluids.  Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power. …
  • hoses and belts and replace if they become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear.  These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system. …
  • “the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. …
  • tires, including tire pressure and tread.  Under inflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment.  Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. …
  • “the engine to make sure it is delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions. …
  • “that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.”

Of course, you’re going to have to find the time in your crammed schedule to do all those things. Or, you could simply bring your car or truck by Twin Tire and Auto Care to have our certified car care technicians do the work. Twin Tire has been New Orleans’ reliable car care and car repair service center since it opened in 1973. Twin Tire has three convenient New Orleans car care locations: Marrero, Hammond and Harvey. Twin Tire also has a New Orleans location in Harahan to service heavy commercial vehicles.

Be sure to sign up for the Twin Tire Rewards loyalty program. The program is free and it gives you points for every qualified purchase. You can trade those points for more great New Orleans car care or car repair. Or, you can trade them for travel perks (if you’d rather fly than take a road trip by car). Or, you can donate them to a New Orleans charity, like the Fuller Center for Housing in New Orleans.

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