With Labor Day getaways, football road trips and holiday travel around the corner, Cooper Tire is launching its popular Take the Money & Ride ® National Event August 23 through November 5. Consumers have the opportunity to take advantage of savings on select Cooper tires by receiving up to an $80 Visa ® prepaid card when purchasing a new set of four qualifying Cooper tires through participating dealers in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico. The lineup of eligible products for the Take the Money & Ride event include options for city driving to off-road excursions and high performance driving to innovative touring tires for all of life’s road trips:
- CS3 Touring
- CS4 Touring
- Cooper Zeon RS3-A, RS3-S
- Discoverer A/T3
- Discoverer CTS
- Discoverer HT3
- Discoverer H/T, H/T Plus
- Discoverer HTP*
- Discoverer LSX,* LSX Plus*
- Lifeliner GLS
- Response Touring*
- Examine tread: Bald tires can skid and slide on pavement, and are more likely to be damaged by potholes and other road hazards. Tire tread depth should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep, and tires should be replaced immediately if worn past this measurement at any location on the tire. Cooper tires have built-in "tread wear indicators" to help you see when the tread is worn out. When the tread is even with the bars, a tire is worn down to 2/32 of an inch and must be replaced immediately. Drivers can also check tread depth with a tread depth gauge or by doing a simple test with a U.S. penny. Place the edge of the coin into the tread, with Lincoln’s head going in headfirst. If the top of Lincoln's head is covered by tread, there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread. If the top of his head is visible at any location on the tire, it is time to replace the tire.
- Test inflation pressure: Under-inflation causes excessive stress on the tire, and can create irregular wear, which shortens the lifespan of tires. Proper air pressure can improve gas mileage by more than three percent and save up to 11 cents per gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Reference the vehicle owner’s manual or tire placard attached to the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door for your tires’ correct pressure. Keep in mind, the tire pressure listed on the sidewall indicates maximum pressure.
- Rotate tires: Rotating tires on a regular basis ensures more uniform wear, resulting in extended tread life. Unless the vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the rule of thumb for tire rotation is every 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 to 13,000 kilometers).
- Check wheel alignment: Wheel alignment and balancing are important for safety and maximum mileage from tires. Alignment should be checked periodically as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual or when there is an indication of trouble such as pulling, vibration or irregular tire wear. Inspect tires at least once per month for signs of uneven wear or damage (i.e., cuts, cracks, splits, punctures, bulges and impacts). These conditions shorten tire lifespan and may cause tire damage or failure if not corrected.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyCooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.