Weekly travel rail, with tire tips, a look at "the World’s Largest Chair" and more.
Before you hit the road for your family vacation this year, make sure you check your tires. In fact, you should be checking your tires frequently. Larry Wolf, an automotive technology program instructor at WyoTech in Fremont, Calif., says most drivers are not aware of how often they need to check their tires. "The need for regular oil changes and annual tune-ups is pretty common knowledge. But consumer knowledge about tire safety unfortunately remains low," Wolf says. Here are some tips:
- Check tire pressure regularly, at least once a month. Under-inflation of tires can damage them and create unsafe driving conditions. A tire under-inflated by more than 30 percent is considered unsafe to drive on.
- Avoid over-inflation. Over-inflation prevents a tire from achieving maximum tread contact with the road.
- Examine tires monthly for signs of damage or wear, especially uneven wear which can herald another problem like poor wheel alignment.
What: "The World’s Largest Chair"
Where: Gardner, Mass., about 60 miles northeast of Boston
What’s there: A very large chair, which may or may not be “the world’s largest chair.” The title has changed hands many times over the years, but Gardner’s huge chair is still sitting pretty.
More info: www.gardner-ma.gov
Good to Know
Want to go to the Kentucky Derby this year? Louisville’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is reporting that you can still book hotel rooms in the area. For more information, go to www.gotolouisville.com. For Derby information, go to www.kentuckyderby.com/2009.
See the wall fall again
Germans are planning to tear down the wall again in November to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall. The Berlin Wall is being recreated using Styrofoam “dominoes” and will be brought down on Nov. 9. For more information about the celebration, visit the Goethe Institut’s Web page (translated to English), www.goethe.de/enindex.htm.
Want to know what your favorite celebrities’ favorite places are? "My Favorite Place on Earth" (due out in April) will highlight where celebs like to visit. Here’s a look at some of the people mentioned in the book:
Sandra Day O’Connor
GateHouse News Service