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Tires just don’t roll: A few hours with Bridgestone

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

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Earlier this month I attended a Bridgestone Tires “Drive and Learn” event at Toyota Park. Normally these events are held for car dealers, but their new initiative to educate moms brought a few of us mom bloggers to learn and also have a little fun too.

As a mother the most important asset is protecting your family and when you purchase a car the first thing you should look for is safety, but who knew your tires had such an impact on enhancing the safety of your car. Yea sure before attending this event I thought I was maintaining my tire safety by putting air when the tires were low and replacing them when needed. I never once considered my car’s performance when buying tires, all I needed to know was that the tires were brand new and in my price range.

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 After a quick lesson in Tires 101 and Car Care we hit the outdoor track, fun right? I was terrified! My ideal track is the route back and forth to my daughter’s school and while running a few minutes late.  We test drove four different Bridgestone tires on the BMW 325s on a wet and slippery track. I never knew 30 mph could feel so fast. Don’t believe me? Check out this video.

Here are a few quick tips I learned:

1. Tire pressure is important! Just because the tire isn’t low doesn’t mean the pressure is correct. Check the label in your door to see the PSI your tire should be at. Also don’t ignore your cars pressure sensor.

2. You get what you pay for in tires. Don’t just buy for price! Buy for comfort and handling also.

3. In the wintertime, don’t wait until there’s snow on the ground to put on your winter tires. Put them on when you start to see your breath outdoors. It’s not about snow, but temperature.

4. Ditch the automatic car washes. Did you know those tracks could damage your tires or break off your tire sensors which can be costly?

5. Good tires can save money on gas. Who could stand a save a few bucks at the tank??

Learn more about tires at tiresafety.com

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I want it NOW!

I want to be married NOW!

I want my dream job NOW!

I want a new car NOW!

I want kids NOW!

NOW, NOW, NOW……we don’t necessarily put the words together like this but this is how our inner voice sounds. We sound like Morgan when she wakes me up at 3am some nights screaming “MILK” and I dreadfully sleep walk to the refrigerator and oblige. We live in a world of instant gratification, everything is instant; food, these get rich quick schemes, press here for a free iPad (yeah right), and quickie degree programs. The truth is most of us want things to happen quickly or overnight and this is why most people settle for what is quick and don’t pursue their true passion.

What if when God was creating the earth and everything in it, he said hey, I can do this in three days instead of seven, would everything be as precise? Would there be four seasons or two? Interesting fact: If you are growing an orange tree it takes around three years for the tree to mature and begin to consistently bear fruit and around 27 years to fully mature. It took your mother nine months to nurture and develop a healthy baby that is so wonderfully you!

All I am trying to say is all of those things didn’t happen overnight, they went through a process to turn into something worthwhile. If short-cuts had been taken in any of those instances we wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t enjoy the fruit of others hard work that we enjoy everyday.

I want to encourage you. It may seem like its taking you longer than most to finish school, hang in there you will finish in your own time. People may be putting the pressure on you, why aren’t you married with kids yet? It’s ok, take your time, it is something else you should be doing right now. Why isn’t your business taking off right now, you have been working on that plan for a while now? It’s okay progress is not always linked to a specific time.

It’s ok to slow down, think things through, and don’t allow people or in many cases ourselves to pressure us into NOW.

Have a great day!

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