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I’m a huge road tripper. I absolutely love a good road trip, and it’s really easy to talk me into going on one. I really love roadside attractions which is a huge part of road trips, right? The picture above is of me at Foamhenge. Yes, you read that right – Foamhenge. It’s a life sized replica of Stonehenge, in foam, and it’s in Virginia. I told you I was serious about road trips!
So before you go on your next road trip, here are a few Money saving and safety tips that you should consider. These tips come from Cooper Tire, who encourages smart savings by lengthening your tires’ lifespan, performance and increasing gas mileage. Do these things at least once a month and, of course, before roadtrips.
• 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.
• Rotate tires: 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.
• 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 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.
Cooper Tire is currently having an awesome Take the Money & Ride event! You can receive 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 is huge.
For additional money saving and safety tips from Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com. You should also visit www.coopertirerebates.com for your rewards before heading to shop! Before you go, watch the below video to learn more. Happy travels!