Don't forget to check ALL your tires before leaving New Orleans for that road trip.
Today is St. Patrick's Day and you know what that means. Yes, green eggs, green beer and green everything else. But it also means that spring is just days away. In fact, spring will officially arrive on Sunday (March 20). And with spring weather come road trips.
Most drivers know that, if you're planning to go on a road trip, you should check out your car and your tires to make sure they're roadworthy. That's good advice whether you're sticking close to home for your trip or going somewhere farther away. But sometimes drivers don't remember that roadworthiness doesn't apply only to your car. It also applies to anything you're towing, whether it's a boat trailer, horse trailer, or camper.
USRider Insurance Services, which specializes in horse-related coverage, reminds riders and others to make sure the vehicle they're towing is also ready for the road. That especially goes for the tires because they can become dangerous long before they're obviously worn out: Tread "can give up a significant amount of grip when it’s still at the half-way point. Checking your tires on your tow vehicle and trailers should be part of your regular maintenance. Tires should be checked once a month."
USRider adds, "With diminished tread comes the augmented risk for an accident. As a tire wears, there becomes a reduction of performance in rain and snow. When those summer storms hit, hydroplaning is a big risk due to standing water from a heavy downpour. ... If you’re about to leave on a long trip, a tire check is essential. Most people in general do not worry so much about their tire tread, but more about air in their tires. While this is just as important as your tread, checking the tire in its entirety is crucial."
While you're checking, you should also check for dry rot or signs of uneven wear. You certainly can eyeball your own tires, but if you want to make sure your tires are in good shape, come down to Twin Tire and Auto Care to have our certified auto care technicians take a look. If you happen to need a repair or even a new tire, Twin Tire can help you there, too. Twin Tire carries all makes, types, sizes and style of tire to fit any vehicle.
The advantage to doing this is clear - you make sure your vehicle and whatever you're towing are good to go. But you can also take advantage of the Twin Tire Rewards program. The program, which is free to join, gives you points for all qualifying purchases and services. Those points can build to future auto care or auto repair or travel or can even be donated to a local charity. Ask us about Twin Tire Rewards while you're here.
Twin Tire has been the New Orleans area's No. 1 auto care and auto repair shop since 1973. Twin Tire has three locations to serve you - Marrero, Hammond and Harvey. Twin Tire also has a location in Harahan for heavy commercial vehicles.