On Friday volunteers an emp[lotyees of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company’s Texarkana plant will conduct free tire safety checks for students, teachers, and administrators at Arkansas High School.

As part of its "Tread Wisely" program, which is a global tire and vehicle safety initiative, the Cooper experts will measure tire inflation pressure, tread depth and check the overall condition of tires for participating drivers parked in the school lots. Each driver will receive a written assessment of the health of their tires as well as additional tire safety tips and information from the Tread Wisely program.

The effort coincides with National Tire Safety Week, a program of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, which runs through Memorial Day, May 27. This year’s USTMA National Tire Safety Week theme and hashtag is #knowyourroll.

Enoch Snyder, Safety Coordinator at the Texarkana plan had this to say.

“Cooper is committed to safety as a priority. Tires are the only thing connecting vehicles to the road, and that’s why it is critical for drivers to understand how important tire safety is and to know how to conduct their own tire safety checks at least once a month. Cooper has hundreds of dedicated tire experts who serve as employee volunteers year-round in our communities around the globe to share tire safety information with young drivers. We want everyone to have a great summer and enjoy all that the season has to offer, and our Cooper volunteers are proud to help make this happen by sharing their tire safety knowledge. We design and produce great tires, and we give back to our communities by helping drivers be safer on the road any time of year, but especially during the busy summer travel season,”