It’s National Tire Safety Week – Check Your Tire Tread

by Susan

Did you know it’s National Tire Safety Week (June 3 – 9)?

I’ll be honest here… I’m not very interested in cars. All I really care about is that my car is safe and gets me around.

But the ironic thing is that while safety is what’s most important to me about a car, I was actually forgetting about one of the most important parts of the driving safety equation.

TIRES!

Fortunately, back in October, just before the winter weather hit, the folks at Cooper Tires asked us to test out their tires. It made me realize that I hadn’t been paying enough attention to my tires.

Since Janice and I share her van for driving our kids around, we tested out the tires on the van. Here’s a quick video where I demonstrate how to test the tread on your tires…

Thankfully as a work-at-home mom, I don’t have to commute to work, but I really do appreciate feeling safer with these Cooper Tires while I’m driving our kids to preschool, ice-skating, softball etc.

For more tire safety information, visit Cooper Tires Facebook Page.

They have a free pdf download with simple steps to help you maintain your tires. It talks about stuff you might never think about… proper vehicle loading, inflation pressure, tire wear and more.

What About You?

When was the last time you checked the tread on YOUR tires?

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Disclosure: We received a set of tires for this review. Opinions are all ours.



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Colleen - June 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

You know… I had no idea you could find the proper tire pressure inside your door jam. I have to go check that out now!
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2 Jennifer, Snapshot June 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

UGH–I know that my tire tread is bad! We had them rotated and that helped. We don’t want to buy new tires, because we are going to buy a new car within a couple of months. So I’m just praying that they hold up!!
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3 Susi June 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Ever since a tire blew out on us in my mom’s caravan years ago, I pay pretty good attention to my tires. The hubby is a big help… he takes care of all this for me so I don’t have to worry. But I will remind him to check my tires again!!!
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4 Danijela June 5, 2012 at 6:11 am

Hello Susan,
I have to say that I really didn’t know that there is a thing like Tire Safety Week. but I think that it is a good way to remind people about how important this really is. The fact is that good tires can do a lot for safety. Thanks for sharing.
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5 Janelle {Nell} June 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

You both are so adorable. And thanks for the reminder about checking the tread. We just filled our tires but have not checked the tread. I’ll be doing that later today.

Janelle
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6 Jessica June 5, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I’ve had nothing but problems with my tires since I got my car so I get them checked all the time. Thanks for the reminder that it’ so important to check our tires regularly.
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7 Nicole | Domesticated Momma June 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

This is such crucial information to share. Too many accidents seem to happen these days simply as a result of a tire blow out or a tire not being installed properly. All of which could be averted with a routine check. I make the point of having my tires inspected (along with my brakes) and rotated at the end of each season. Car safety is something that I take very seriously.
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8 Laura June 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

The men at my church do an oil change for divorced & widowed women of the church every 3 months, so they have always checked my tires & let me know if they are looking worn, but I think it’s good to know how to check the tread myself. Thanks!
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9 Amy Turner June 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

To be blunt, I am no expert at checking the tread on my tires, so I depend on hubby’s judgement. He decides when to change or buy new ones. I just prod him to check when I seem to notice something about them.
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10 Miro March 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Spring is comming! Checking summer tire thread depth ;)
Safety week should be internationally adapted. People often forget about safety.

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11 RichardBrown August 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Tires play a big part in fuel efficiency so you have to make sure it runs properly. Air pressure for one should be enough and equal on all tires. Speed Hut

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