You may remember last year when I went to San Antonio Texas to test drive the new Cooper CS5 Touring Tire. You know, that time I got to hang out with Indy Legend Johnny Unser to do some hot laps around the track?
No name dropping here… *cough*
The thing is – while I was there I learned so much about tire safety that I had never even heard of before – it just wasn't something I ever thought about. And ever since I got home, I have been a lot more aware of not only the tires on my Acura, but also on the rest of the family's cars. The Rubber Manufacturers Association Tire Pressure/Tread Depth Survey in 2014 showed that 69% of all vehicles have at least one under inflated tire. In fact 17% of all vehicles have at least one tire under inflated by at least 8 pounds per square inch (psi) and 12% of vehicles have at least one bald tire. Not good statistics y'all.
This Christmas I noticed my Dad's tires were getting pretty worn and knowing that we are about to head in to our cold wet season here I wanted to make sure he was as safe as possible on the road. So I took his car down to Vannoy's Tires here in Pensacola and was happy to learn they were a Cooper Tire Dealer. (Fun little fact – Mrs. Vannoy, the original owners wife, was my elementary school teacher! I've used Vannoy's my entire driving career! They are the best in Pensacola!) I got my Daddy all four brand new Cooper CS5 Touring Tires along with a balance and alignment as my late Christmas present.
With Winter in full swing and the roads being slick and slushy in most parts of the country, it is important to make sure your tires are up for the job of keeping you safe. Most people know to get their oil changed and to keep gas in the car, but keeping your tires in shape is just as important.
RMA recommends simple steps for motorists to Be Tire Smart when checking tire pressure:
- Check tire pressure monthly and before long trips.
- Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure found on a label on the driver’s door or owner’s manual.
- Check tires when cold – before you drive. Driving causes tires to warm which increases inflation pressure temporarily.
RMA also recommends that motorists inspect tire tread for damage and sufficient depth. Worn out tires are dangerous, especially in wet, wintry weather. A simple and inexpensive test can determine whether tires should be replaced: Take a penny and turn it upside down so Lincoln’s head points down. Insert penny into tread groove.If all of Lincoln’s head is exposed, the tire must be replaced because it’s been worn down to 2/32nds of an inch or less.
Dad was super excited to get four new tires for his car, and I felt good knowing that Dad is safe on the road. Thank you again to Cooper Tires for an amazing experience in San Antonio, and for helping me keep my Dad safe on the road.