Tread Wisely™, Cooper Tire’s Safety Program for Young Drivers, Kicks Off Collaboration with DoSomething.org for National Tire Safety Week, May 21-28

FINDLAY, Ohio, May 21, 2018 – Today marks the official start of National Tire Safety Week, which runs through May 28. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is marking the occasion by kicking off a new relationship between the company’s Tread Wisely™ tire safety program for young drivers and DoSomething.org.

The largest not-for-profit organization exclusively for young people and social change, DoSomething is a digital platform that annually activates 6 million young people to create positive offline impact in every U.S. area code and across 131 countries.

Tread Wisely is a tire and vehicle safety campaign for teens and young adults sponsored by Cooper. The initiative includes two components—employee activation at Cooper facilities worldwide, which enlists volunteers to conduct tire safety events and demonstrations in their communities, and a public outreach campaign that brings tire safety information to young drivers through social media, in-person youth events and through a Tread Wisely app, available for download from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

The collaboration between Cooper’s Tread Wisely program and DoSomething begins this week with a social media outreach campaign to help inform and inspire DoSomething members to be aware of their vehicles’ tires and take action to check the condition of their tires monthly, especially now, at the start of the summer driving season.

"Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young Americans, but such dire messages often don’t make an impact with young drivers,” said Carrie Bloxson, CMO of DoSomething.org. "That's why DoSomething is thrilled to partner with Cooper Tire to help focus young people on living their best lives by getting safely to all the places they need and want to go. This campaign will activate thousands of young people to stay safe and help their friends stay safe on the road this summer and beyond."

“DoSomething has the power to reach millions of young people who often have no idea how important tire safety is and what they need to do to keep themselves and their friends safer on the road,” said Anne Roman, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Cooper. “Not only can we reach young drivers through the incredible platform DoSomething offers, but they will take real action to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of their friends. Action is what drives real understanding and change.”

Later this summer, Cooper’s Tread Wisely initiative and DoSomething will team up to conduct a national youth activation effort, which will call on young drivers to take specific actions to support tire safety with an emphasis on sharing information with their friends and families.

For more information, visit DoSomething.org and TreadWisely.org.

National Tire Safety Week is a program of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), of which Cooper is a member. This year’s USTMA National Tire Safety Week effort, dubbed “Know Your Roll,” will educate consumers about proper tire care and maintenance, including potential concerns with used tires. For more information, visit www.ustires.org.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper’s headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.

About DoSomething.org
DoSomething.org is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 6 million young people (and counting!) to do good in every US area code and in 131 countries. Using our digital platform, members join DoSomething’s volunteer and civic action campaigns to make offline impact at scale. Our members have clothed half of America’s homeless youth. They’ve cleaned up 3.7 million cigarette butts. They’ve run the world’s largest youth-led sports equipment drive. And more! Young people have the power and the passion to transform their communities -- we help them get it done. Let’s Do This.

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Media Contact:
Anne Roman
419.429.7189
alroman@coopertire.com