Before you leave for long, or short, road trips this Thanksgiving, make sure your car is in good condition. Check the tires, brakes and get an oil change for starters.
The first of the two biggest family-oriented holidays is almost here. That means lots of people travel to share Thanksgiving with relatives and friends (or just to get away). LOTS of people. AAA predicts about 46.3 million Americans will be traveling this Thanksgiving – the most since 2007. And most of those – more than 89 percent, or 41.3 million - will be traveling in a car or truck. Yep, the roads are going to be crowded so you need to be careful.
You also need to make sure your car or truck is in good condition for the trip. Unless the weather gets even weirder than it has been, you’re probably not going to have to worry about being caught in a snow drift (well, unless you’re going up north), but things happen. And you could end up broken down by the side of the road … waiting … waiting … waiting … and waiting … for a tow vehicle. The best thing you can do to avoid that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to plan ahead. Part of planning ahead is making sure your car or truck is ready for winter (and for travel).
The CDC says, “Every fall, do the following: Have the radiator system serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed. Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture. Replace any worn tires, make sure the tires have adequate tread, and check the air pressure in the tires. During winter, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.”
If you’re traveling, the CDC says you should also check things like your brakes, emergency flashers, battery, heater, defroster and exhaust system.
That’s good advice whether you’re taking a long trip or sticking around the New Orleans area for events like this weekend’s Fringe Festival or Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. Because, let’s face it, you can break down near home, too.
The easiest thing you can do is to bring your car or truck to Twin Tire and Auto Care to let us winterize your vehicle. We’ll also check it to make sure it’s roadworthy. If it’s not and needs an oil change, new tires, brake repair, or any other service or repair, we can also handle that.
Twin Tire began in 1973 as a two-man family operation. Now we’re the trusted, top-notch tire and auto repair center in the metro New Orleans area with branches in Marrero, Hammond and Harvey to handle cars and light trucks. For heavy trucks and commercial vehicles, try our Harahan location. We provide service and car repair to all types of vehicles – traditional gas powered, hybrid, diesel and electric.