The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. With approximately 90 percent of those travelers planning to travel by automobile, this holiday season is bound to be a busy one on America’s roadways. With this, Cooper Tire recommends drivers get a head start on holiday travel before hitting the road by using the approaching season as a reminder to engage in routine tire maintenance.
"Tires are the only part of the vehicle connecting drivers and their friends and families to the road during holiday travel," said Johnny Unser, Technical Consultant for Cooper Tire. "It is important to think ahead and be prepared before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins by taking a few key steps to make sure tires are in good condition."
Ongoing maintenance becomes even more critical as the Rubber Manufacturers Association indicates that 11% – or about 28 million vehicles – have at least one bald tire, and 55% of vehicles have at least one underinflated tire.
Cooper Tire advises drivers to conduct the following do-it-yourself maintenance checks before family road trips this holiday season:
Examine tread: A tire’s tread should be checked for overall tread depth and uneven wear, as it is a vital part of handling, cornering, accelerating and braking.
Test air pressure: Tire pressure plays a critical role in the overall performance of tires. Under-inflation creates excessive stress on the tire, while over-inflation can cause uneven wear in addition to handling and braking issues.
For more information on proper tire maintenance, visit www.coopertire.com.
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper 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.