Thanksgiving. Football. Road Trip!!!!!

Before you leave to visit family, friends or for football, have your mechanic perform basic auto care and any necessary car repair on your vehicle to make sure it's roadworthy.

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and it's the official start to the long (for many of us) holiday weekend. It’s also the start of winter road trip season with many folks traveling long, or short, distances to visit family and friends. Some will hit the road for other big events like Saturday’s Round One of the NCAA Division I football championships in Huntsville, Texas. That’s where our local guys – the Southeastern Lions (9-3) – will take on the Bearkats of fellow Southland Conference champion Sam Houston State (8-4).

(We’re just a tad excited about the game [it’s the second time the Lions have made the FCS playoffs] because one of our founders, Dennis Richard, went to Southeastern. And Jeff Richoux, better known as “Papa Shoe,” played for the Lions from 1979 through 1982. Papa Shoe is a co-owner of our Hammond and Marrero branches. More on football later.)

Whether you’re traveling to see family, football or simply food foraging at the local grocery, you want to make sure your car or truck is in top shape for the trip. And Consumer Reports has some auto care advice: “Schedule a checkup” with your local mechanic to perform basic maintenance, such as oil changes and tune ups. Your mechanic should also do some other basic car care, like checking wipers and fluid levels, and making sure your tires, battery and brakes are in good shape. And, of course, if something's wrong, you need to get the needed car repair done before you get on the road.

Of course, the easiest thing you can do to make sure your car or truck is ready for the road is to bring it to Twin Tire and Auto Care where our ASE-certified mechanics will perform needed maintenance and any necessary car repairs. We’ve been the go-to guys for car care and auto repair in the greater New Orleans area for 41 years. Now we have branches in Marrero, Hammond and Harvey to handle all 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.

(Now, back to the important stuff: Saturday's 1 p.m. game will be televised on ESPN3. The contest will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM [90.9] and on the Internet at, as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM [WHMD] and the Highway 104.7 FM [WJSH]. Live stats, provided by the Bearkats, will be accessible at

Tickets sold through the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office will be $17 and will be in Section N. Southeastern season ticket holders will have priority and can buy tickets from 8 a.m. – noon today at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office on the corner of W. Dakota and Galloway Drive. From noon – 5 p.m. the tickets will be available to the general public. No phone orders will be taken and today is the only day tickets can be purchased at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets now through the Sam Houston State ticket office. Full playoff ticket information is available by clicking here. For the most up-to-date Lion football playoff information, click here.)

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