Your most prized possession, a game worn jersey from your childhood idol that played on the 1988 championship team. It may be a little worn and tight, might smell less than desirable, and have a few food stains, but it is an essential part of your game day ritual.

Once the cherished family artifact is in its place, it’s time for face paint. You apply your teams colors with laser like precision to make sure your team spirit is adequately represented on your face. The routine must be followed in an exact order, everything must be the same each and every time your team does battle on the gridiron. It’s not a superstition, it’s tradition!

Tradition doesn’t stop with the attire oh no, everything must be the same to ensure that the football spirits show favor on your team. One minor miscue and it could cost your team the game and the season. This includes your game day feast. The standard chips and dip let you down in 2001, and those spicy wings stung your team in 2004. Let’s not even discuss the chili fiasco of 2008 or the donut disaster of 2010.

The tide turned in your favor in 2012 when you introduced team inspired sliders with special team sauces. Since that shake-up in your gameday feast, your team has seen far more victories than defeats.

Weekends full of tailgating feasts dance through your head this time of year but one very important aspect that we may neglect to address is making sure your vehicle is game day ready.

Here are 5 tips to help keep your most valuable vehicle ready to tackle the challenges of tailgate season.

Have a professional check your fluid levels – While we know the importance of player performance and hydration, your vehicles fluid levels are just as important to ensure optimal performance. While looking under the hood and checking your fluids seems to be an easy enough task, there is a risk of serious injury if not performed properly. The following five fluids should be checked in addition to your Motor OIl; brake fluid, coolant fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid.


Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear – We all know about the ramifications of deflategate, let’s keep those tires properly inflated. Proper tire maintenance is an important safety function often neglected. Keep in mind, the only thing keeping your car safely on the road is your tires. During tailgate season the additional wear from the extra workload and excessive heat from the road increases the chances of irregular and premature wear. If your tires are not properly inflated, you run the risk of over-loading them and this can lead to tire disintegration.


Check your battery – The average life expectancy of a battery in the Midwest is only 3-4 years. New technology and entertainment systems pull additional electrical draws from the battery, outside of the normal systems. Like blaring your favorite jock jams tunes during your tailgate. If you spend the day at the stadium, you need to make sure your battery is in good condition.


Oil and filter changes on schedule - There’s nothing like a well-oiled machine to ensure safety and longevity on the road. Just like that 1988 championship team, ensure that nothing will block you from having a great tailgate season.


Check lights and wipers for visibility – Tailgating season means the possibility of inclement weather, and the game goes on during most adverse weather conditions. So, you should make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen.  Check the exterior and interior lights and replace any that are dimming, rapidly blinking or not functioning. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.

 At Tire Discounters, everyday (except Sunday – we want our employees to enjoy family time) is game day. Make us part of your game day ritual to ensure a successful tailgating season for your vehicle. You can take advantage of seven different free service checks and we have an extensive 22 point safety check to help ensure your tailgating season is worry free.