Car Care october  Regular automotive maintenance goes a long way towards improving the dependability and safety of your vehicle. In honor of Fall Car Care Month, the Car Care Council recommends 10 maintenance procedures to ensure your car is functioning properly before winter arrives:

1. Check fluid levels, like oil, brake, transmission and power steering as well as antifreeze/coolant and windshield washer solvent.
2. Check belts and hoses to ensure they’re not cracked, loose, frayed or have excessive wear.
3. Check the battery. Ensure the connection is tight and clean, and replace the battery or its components if necessary.
4. Check the brakes every year and have the rotors, linings and drums inspected with each oil change.
5. Check the exhaust system for damage, leaks or broken supports, especially if you hear an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks are dangerous and should be addressed immediately. Drive in or have your car towed to a convenient Levin Tire location.
6. Check the engine to ensure it’s delivering the best fuel economy and balance of power and producing low emission levels.
7. Check the HVAC system every year since proper cooling and heating is critical for both interior comfort and safety, like defrosting.
8. Check the suspension and steering system every year, like the struts and shock absorbers.
9. Check the tires, like tread and pressure, and have them rotated. You might need a wheel alignment if Levin detects uneven wear.
10. Check the lighting and wipers so you can see and be seen. Ensure that all lighting, both inside and out, is working properly. Replace old wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving through rain, snow and ice.

Visit Levin Tire, your trusted Northwest Indiana auto service center, this October for a comprehensive vehicle inspection and tune-up.

The team at Levin wishes all drivers in our communities a happy and safe fall!

TT Safety levinHalloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids. About 40 million trick-or-treaters between the age of 5 and 14 hit the streets annually – and where children go, safety concerns follow.

According to Consumer Reports, more kids get hit by cars on Halloween than any other night.

Children are enjoying experiences and sensations that are fun, but also highly distracting. Parents and drivers alike can take specific steps to keep our community’s kids safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween.

For Parents:
• Children 12 and under shouldn’t be alone at night without adult supervision. If your children are older, remind them to stick to well-lit, familiar areas and trick-or-treat in groups.
• Cross the street at corners, using crosswalks and traffic signals where available.
• Have children carry flashlights and reflective gear to help them see and be seen by drivers.
• If you can’t walk on a sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Watch for vehicles that are backing up or turning. Teach children not to cross between parked cars and to never run out into the street.

For Drivers:
• Stay particularly alert between 5:30pm to 9:30pm, which are peak trick-or-treating hours.
• Drive slowly and expect heavier pedestrian traffic. Turn your headlights on before dusk to spot kids from a greater distance.
• Eliminate distractions while driving so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
• Look for children at intersections, curbs and medians.
• Drive slowly in residential areas.

At Levin Tire in Northwest Indiana, we want our community’s drivers to stay safe not only on Halloween, but year-round. Consider getting a tune-up at one of our locations this month to ensure your car is functioning properly.

The team at Levin Tire wishes you safe travels this Halloween!

Levin ChigacoYou won’t need to travel far this fall to enjoy ample opportunities to explore the big city. About an hour away from Northwest Indiana, Chicago is an ideal destination for a daytrip or a long weekend.

Consider these 3 trips to see the city’s best architecture, parks and more.

1. The North Shore
Driving to the North Shore is less about the destination and more about getting there. One of the most scenic roads in Chicago, this trip north on Lake Shore Drive combines views of the urban city and the beautiful natural environment. Along the way, you’ll see a number of beaches and the majestic Lake Michigan.

There are plenty of places to stop along the way, too. Visit Montrose Beach – its easy parking access and skyline views make it a must. Then, pass the Ba’hai temple – 1 of 7 in the world – in Wilmette. For film buffs, add a slight detour to see the house from the Home Alone movie in Winnetka.

Dine at Edzo’s Burger in Evanston, an old-fashioned burger joint near Northwestern University’s campus. And don’t miss Wrigley Field, one of Chicago’s most beloved landmarks.

2. The South Shore
This tour takes you along the city’s southern lake coast and features views of world-class architecture. Drive down Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s upscale shopping strip, and you’ll hit Lake Shore Drive South. You’ll get an eyeful of beautiful coastline and impressive architecture, like Buckingham Fountain – one of the largest in the world.

Stop off in Burnham Park, where you’ll enjoy a manmade peninsula that boasts spectacular views of Chicago, and try a classic Chicago deep-dish pizza along the way.

3. Wrigley Field
Don’t let some of the country’s best skyscrapers overshadow the Chicago’s fantastic parks. This road trip offers a leisurely drive through the best green and outdoor spaces in Chicago. Drive to Lake Shore Drive, which leads to Wrigley Field on Clark Street.

Plan your trip on a Wednesday or Saturday to take advantage of the Green City Market. This outdoor farmer’s market is a favorite for the top chefs in the city. If you’re in the area on an off-day, grab a Chicago-style hotdog in Lincoln Park. The park also boasts Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the last remaining free zoos in the U.S.

Consider downloading an audio tour from Chicago Traveler, Frommer’s or Detour, all of which give you a local’s look into the city.

You’ll also need to get a tune-up before hitting the road. Levin Tire throughout NW Indiana offers numerous services, like tire rotations and oil changes, to get your vehicle road trip ready this fall. Drop by one of our convenient locations today.

Happy trails!

Levin Safety FirstIf an emergency happened or a disaster struck, would your vehicle be ready to go at a moment's notice? In honor of National Preparedness Month in September, Levin Tire wants to ensure drivers have their vehicles ready for the unexpected by following the “3 Ps” of auto care:

1. A preventative maintenance check reduces the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble. Let Levin Tire help you follow a vehicle service schedule and perform routine auto maintenance. Our personalized schedule and reminder services are simple tools to ensure you never miss an appointment.

2. A proactive attitude can also avoid extensive auto work down the road. If you know your vehicle needs repairs, have them addressed in a timely manner. Are you hitting the road this fall? Bring your car by one of Levin Tire’s Northwest Indiana locations for a pre-trip inspection before driving long distances. You’ll have the opportunity to make car repairs now, so you won’t have any surprises on your journey.

3. A prepared driver is ready if a problem occurs while on the road. In case an unexpected situation arises, keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. The should include first-aid items, jumper cables, a flashlight with plenty of spare batteries, a road atlas, blankets, non-perishable food and water.

Consider putting an evacuation plan together with your family. Keep copies of important papers – like medical records and birth/marriage certificates – and passports in a locked, fireproof, waterproof box. That way, you’ll have everything you need on-hand in case of an emergency.

National Preparedness Month serves as a reminder that all of us must take action now – and throughout the year – for any type of unforeseen disaster.

“Emergencies come in a variety of forms,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Being car care aware and taking proactive steps in advance will help ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order so you will be better prepared if you encounter a problem while on the road.”

Every second counts in an emergency, so let Levin Tire help you ensure your safety through preventative, proactive and prepared vehicle steps. Make an appointment or stop in one of our NW Indiana locations for routine auto maintenance and a complete inspection today!

Fall Folaiage LevinFall is definitely in the air now, and one of our favorite things to do this season is take a drive and explore all of the great fall foliage the Indiana region has to offer.

Plan your next getaway to our 8 favorite spots to view fall foliage in our state.

1. Brown County State Park – Nashville, Indiana
At the largest state park in Indiana, you’ll enjoy hiking, horse trails, and other outdoor activities, all while taking in exceptional fall color. Enjoy the scenery at one of the nearby breweries, or book a room at the Creekside Retreat for a long, relaxing weekend.

2. Indiana Dunes State Park – Chesterton, Indiana
How can you go wrong with 3 miles of shoreline and sand dunes along Lake Michigan’s southern shore? The Indiana Dunes consists of primitive, unique Hoosier scenery. After a long day of swimming and hiking, spoil yourself with a spa treatment at the nearby Blue Chip Casino.

3. Clifty Falls State Park – Madison, Indiana
With entrances on State Road 56 and 62, the park’s seasonal waterfalls offer the perfect backdrop to fall foliage viewing. Adventurers will enjoy the spectacular hiking and scenery at the rugged Clifty Canyon. For a low-key experience, visit the Indiana Wine Trail, which features 6 artisan wineries.

4. Turkey Run State Park – Marshall, Indiana
Whether you kayak or camp, this park will give you stunning views of the fall trees. You’ll also find a nature center and planetarium on the grounds. Don’t forget to try Myer’s Market, a locally-owned deli and shop, famous for its grass-fed meats and Indiana favorites like pickles, jam and cheese.

5. Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana
Have a peaceful afternoon taking in the fall foliage or cheer on the Indiana Hoosiers at the university’s beautiful campus.

6. eXplore Brown County – Nashville, Indiana
This fall, regain your sense of adventure! Sail through the fall leaves on a world-class zip line, or drive by the beautiful trees with an ATV tour. At the end of the day, watch the sunset from one of the 10 rustic rental cabins on the grounds.

7. West Beach – Gary, Indiana
Hike the West Beach Trail System, where you’ll have sweeping views of Lake Michigan. Spend a brisk fall afternoon on the beach, all while admiring the vibrant leaves of the nearby forests.

8. Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana
Put on your sneakers and visit the Eck Center for a student-guided walking tour. Carve out time to watch a 20-minute video on the mystique and tradition of the University, too.

Wherever your travels take you this autumn, have your vehicle road-trip ready with a comprehensive inspection and tune-up. Stop by a Levin Tire location near you before you hit the open road!