Making sure your car gets regular auto care saves on gas and helps your wallet and the environment at the same time.
Gas prices have been dropping recently (hooray!) and, for us in the greater New Orleans area, they’re lower on average than the rest of the country. But, let’s face it, the price of gas is still pretty high and, if you travel somewhere in your car – like to Chicago for Monday’s Saints versus Bears game – you could find the cost even higher.
Now energy giant Exxon has some tips to help you save gas, increase your car’s fuel efficiency and help the environment. In the long run, they'll also save you money. Among the tips:
*Checking and adjusting the pressure of your tires once a month can increase a car’s fuel efficiency by up to 3%.
*Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town.
*Maintaining your car or truck. Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4%, though results vary. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%.
*You can improve your gas mileage by 1%–2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.
This is where Twin Tire and Auto Care comes in. We’ve been the trusted auto care and new tire sales facility in the greater New Orleans area for more than 41 years. Our ASE-certified auto mechanics can check your tires, keep them properly inflated, perform an oil change and keep your vehicle tuned so it functions at maximum efficiency. (We can’t, however, fix aggressive driving but we can do brake repair when you wear them out.) We have three convenient auto repair locations 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.
So, bring your car or truck to us. And, this week, bring a toy. Twin Tire is a proud sponsor, with Fisher Middle-High School, of Toys for Tots. We’d appreciate it if you’d buy one (or more) toys this Christmas season. You don’t have to wrap the toy, just drop it by the school, 2529 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, by this Thursday (Dec. 11). The Bess Harvey Chapter of the National Honor Society will take charge and Twin Tire will come pick up the gifts. (Students who bring in donations will be awarded a ticket for a jeans and Christmas attire day.)
If you can’t get by the school, then drop the gift(s) off at one of Twin Tire’s locations by this Saturday (Dec. 13): 42296 Veterans Ave. in Hammond; 1200 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey; 2195 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero; or at our commercial and heavy truck location, 5712 Jarvis St. in Harahan. Again, don’t worry about wrapping. Toys for Tots will take care of that.
If you drop the toy(s) off at one of the Twin Tire locations, you’ll get a gift in return: $7 off any service or a gift certificate for $7 off future service at from Twin Tire.
Help make a child’s Christmas a bit brighter by helping the Fisher Gators and Twin Tire support Toys for Tots!