With all of our family living far, far away, we are going to be spending a lot of this holiday season on the road. Recently, I attended a Goodyear Tires event where I found out there is a ton to know regarding peace-of-mind holiday driving.
I bet when you think Goodyear, the first things that come to your mind is NASCAR and blimps. Did you know it is one of the world’s largest tire companies? Started in 1898 in Akron, Ohio, which still serves as its global headquarters, they have 52 facilities in 22 countries, striving to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. Their ultimate interest is to insure peace-of-mind driving. And that type of driving begins with driving on quality tires. The most important thing I learned when I participated with the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season & Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Combined Ride ‘n Drive is that: a tire is not a tire.
Traditionally, in our household, my husband takes care of vehicle maintenance — including tire upkeep. After attending this session, I realized that I have been taking a lot for granted regarding having the right tire for our car and assuming it meets my requirements for safety. I learned that safety doesn’t just mean getting from point A to point B in one piece. To travel safely includes knowing that your tires provide traction, stopping distance, cornering, and confidence in lane changing— whether you are driving around town or taking a spin off road.
Goodyear gave me the opportunity to join in with dealers and shop owners who sell their tires, to personally experience how a tire should handle by driving exact vehicles outfitted with identical type of tires (a Goodyear brand and their competitor’s) comparing how the different tires reacted on an off road course and a city driving course. What this activity wanted to prove was that In order to be able to fully trust your tires, you need to test their limits in all kinds of conditions.
You bet I was nervous to try this little experiment. After all, I am a graduated carpool mom whose driving is pretty much limited to city driving, freeways, and occasional family road trips. Living in Southern California, our weather is pretty stable; maybe some rain now and then but no alarming conditions. And I definitely have never done any off-road jumping. Sensing my nervousness, the professional drivers who accompanied me on my ride ‘n drives were patient and boosted my confidence guiding me while I drove. I got to try each track twice and by the second go-arounds, I was feeling more comfortable with my driving skills– and the different tire performances.
What this experience taught me was there really is a difference on how a tire should handle and that I needed to pay more attention to how my tires on my own vehicles were reacting. Driving on the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires, it was obvious to me that they stopped immediately, handled the turns tightly, and were quiet too. All combined, it made for a comfortable and safe ride. I couldn’t say the same thing about the competition whose tires allowed me to skid to a stop and were pretty loose on the turning not to mention the noise.
When I drove on the simulated road course on the Goodyear Eagle Sport All Season tires, I really appreciated how they held tight to the road especially in the wet areas. Skidding was almost non-existent. Important to rely on when traveling to relatives’ homes that includes wet and snowy road conditions.
Once you feel confident about your tire quality, what else can a consumer do to prepare for peace of mind holiday driving?