Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tire Safety with Bridgestone

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bridgestone. All opinions are my own. 

Last week, Bridgestone tires invited me to learn more about tire safety and drive four BMW320a Sports as fast as I wanted on a test track at Toyota Park. Sounds like fun, right?

Even though it had been raining on and off that day, the organizers actually sprayed the track down with water to make it even more slippery, so I could feel how the four different tires performed on slick roads.  

A very kind former racecar driver sat in the passenger seat and actually urged me to go faster. At first I was extremely cautious - I really don't like driving fast! But by the 8th spin around the track I got the hang of it (and I *really* liked driving the BMW). I also definitely noticed a difference in tire performance. 

Bridgestone took a lot of time educating our group of media moms on tire safety. I learned that proper tire maintenance is an important safety function often neglected, and that the importance of properly maintaining your tires cannot be overemphasized.  After all, tires are the only contact between your vehicle and the road.

Here are two important tips I took home with me: 
  • The most important aspect of tire maintenance is proper inflation of your tires. 75% of drivers wash their cars monthly while only 1 out of 7 (14%) correctly checks tire pressure. The air pressure should be checked on all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. To help you remember, sign up for free monthly email reminders from TireSafety.com.
  • Regular rotation of your tires will also help prevent irregular and premature wear. 40% of drivers have not rotated their tires within the recommended interval of at least 8,000 miles. A healthy habit many people follow is to rotate their tires with every oil change. 

You can learn more at tiresafety.com

Have you checked your tire pressure lately? 

P.S. I promise I won't drive this crazy on the streets of Chicago: