This post brought to you by Cooper Tire. All opinions are 100% mine.
With the cost of everything skyrocketing and pennies being pinched, caring for your vehicle is extremely important. You want to make your vehicle last and to get great gas mileage. One of the best things you can do is get a quality set of tires! Cooper Tires has a great new Take the Money & Ride Promo! Participate in the best savings of the year, receiving up to an $80 Visa® Pre-Paid Card when purchasing a new set of four qualifying Cooper tires through participating dealers in the United States, the District of Columbia, Canada and Puerto Rico. The lineup of eligible products for the Take the Money & Ride event include options for all of life’s road trips, from city driving to off-road excursions and high performance to innovative touring tires:
- -Cooper CS4 Touring
- -Cooper CS3 Touring
- -Cooper Zeon RS3-A, RS3-S
- -Discoverer A/T3
- -Discoverer HT3
- -Discoverer CTS
- -Discoverer H/T, H/T Plus
- -Discoverer LSX,* LSX Plus*
- -Discoverer HTP*
- -Lifeliner GLS
- -Cooper Response Touring*
*Available at select retailers only. Obtain full terms, conditions and other details, and get an official mail-in form by visiting a local Cooper Tire dealer or by visiting www.coopertirerebates.com. Also, visit www.coopertire.com and click “Dealer Locator” to find the most convenient local dealer.
Tips to Lengthen Tire Life
In addition to taking advantage of Take the Money & Ride savings, Cooper Tire encourages smart savings year round with tips that can lengthen tires' lifespan, providing maximum handling, performance and gas mileage for vehicles. Cooper Tire recommends these procedures be practiced at least once a month and before long trips as part of drivers’ normal vehicle upkeep. I can say that we personally do all of these at my house and they help tremendously extend the life of your tires and improve gas mileage! Test air 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, reducing gasoline consumption and expense. 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 your tires’ sidewall indicates maximum pressure.
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.
Rotating tires on a regular basis ensures more uniform wear, resulting in extended life tire lifespan. Unless the vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the rule of thumb for tire rotation is every 6,000 miles.
Bald tires can skid and slide on pavement, and are more likely to be damaged by potholes and other road hazards. Tire tread should be at least 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 a built-in "tread wear indicator," making it simple to monitor tread wear, or can be checked with a simple test using a U.S. penny. Place the edge of the coin into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing down. 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 entirely visible, it is time to replace the tire.