Volunteer Efforts

Cooper Tire employee volunteers support Tread Wisely in their local communities through a variety of outlets including tire safety demonstrations and informational presentations. Here are a few recent events:

In 2017

Tread Wisely Volunteers

Cooper Tire Serbia kicked off Požuri polako, or Tread Wisely as it is known in the U.S., in 2017. The first session of the program in Serbia was held for nearly 30 students at First Technical School, one of the largest schools in the country that focuses on education for mechanics, electricians, drivers and traffic technicians. Additional sessions have been added as the program continues to expand.

Cooper Serbia also promoted Tread Wisely by hosting a 5k race as part of a larger half marathon held in the city of Krusevac, where Cooper has a manufacturing plant. In total, nearly 30 Cooper employees participated in the event and helped to spread the Tread Wisely message.

Employees of Cooper’s corporate headquarters presented the Tread Wisely program to Police Academy Cadets from Owens Community College. The 10 cadets learned the basics of how to check tire pressure, tread depth and overall tire condition during the presentation. The group was particularly interested in the presentation about tire safety as police officers are often involved in high speed pursuits.

The Tread Wisely message also made its way to the United Kingdom in 2017, with Cooper Tire’s Melksham, England facility holding their inaugural event in July. Cooper employees shared tire and vehicle safety information with 15 students from the Air Training Corps, a local youth organization for those ages 12 to 20 that promotes interests in aviation and the Royal Air Force. Attendees learned the three basic tire safety checks and how to share this important information with their peers.

In 2016

Tread Wisely volunteers

Cooper Tire corporate office employees took tire safety demonstrations directly to teens attending a local football game. Cooper Tire even had a special Tread Wisely Snap Chat filter available during the game, allowing fans to share the Tread Wisely brand with their friends. Approximately 70 students stopped by the Tread Wisely tents before the game to learn about tire safety.

Employees from Cooper Tire’s plant in Texarkana, Ark., volunteered at the 2016 Komen Texarkana Race for the Cure event. The 18th annual event hosted more than 5,000 cancer survivors and supporters as they walked for the cause. The Cooper volunteers used the occasion to share Tread Wisely safety messages with those in attendance.

Students at conference in Washington D.C.

Cooper Tire teamed up with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) at the Rosecroft raceway near Washington D.C. as part of the NOYS Youth Interactive Traffic Safety Lab. Cooper Tire was represented by volunteers and 20-year-old MAZDA professional race car driver Tristan Nunez, who demonstrated tire safety tips for more than 120 students.

Dealer Event

Cooper Tire and its customer, Tire Discounters, partnered for a full-day of sharing tire safety tips. The event was held at one of the retailer’s locations in Cincinnati, Ohio. It included tire safety demonstrations by Tread Wisely volunteers, as well as food, a live radio remote, games and giveaways, and of course, important information about tire safety.

Millstream Career Center

Cooper Tire employee volunteers visited Millstream Career Center in Findlay, Ohio, to demonstrate tire safety to students who are studying to become automotive technicians. Over the course of the day, Cooper Tire employees taught five courses about the details of tire care and the importance of tire safety, reaching more than 100 students.

Each of Cooper Tire’s U.S. manufacturing plants had Tread Wisely booths during “Cooper Manufacturing Experience” events held in October 2016 to coincide with Manufacturing Day, which is an event of the National Association of Manufacturers.