A lot of my experiences with fixing cars comes from working with my father on his old Mustang.
I was about 11 when my love for fixing old and worn out automobiles led me to learn everything about them, and later on, set up my own shop.
One of the very first lessons that I learned while repairing them was that tires are of paramount importance. The safety and longevity of your car totally depend on your tires.
But the difficulty lies in picking the right one for your vehicle and your needs. So, today I would like to talk to you about an incredibly popular and reliable tire company that has dominated the automobile scene since 1914.
Not only mine, but they have also been my father’s go-to tire brand for some time now.
I am confident that their incredible versatility and range of features can make them your choice of tire as well.
Cooper Review 2019: Features
Cooper has been known to manufacture tires that specifically suit domestic car owners. From passenger cars to minivans, trucks, and SUVs, they have a broad category to choose from, and each one boasts a unique feature and functionality.
Most of their models are made to specialize in specific weather conditions like winter, summer, monsoon and they even have “all-season” tires. However, there are particular tire categories as well that are equipped to meet specific road conditions such as highway, off-road, all-terrain, etc.
The reason behind their unique versatility lies in the technology that goes in their making.
Design elements like “wet performance, dry performance, handling, low noise output, and tread life” go a long way into making Cooper tires one of the best in the current market.
What sets Cooper Tires apart from the rest of the competition?
When compared to most of its competitors, the Cooper line of tires emerges superior in many categories:
Tires are meant to be durable; it’s one of the more important governing features that goes behind their design.
However, there are times when a tire can turn out to be of low quality and durability due to manufacturing defects or oversight during the development and testing stage. That is why Cooper puts each of their tires through rigorous checks and testing before shipping them off, and they provide an additional warranty on all their models as well.
Poor tire durability will lead to “shortened tread life”; the tire will start to bruise after just a few days of use, and the tread will quickly wear out, ultimately compromising on the traction.
Manufacturing lapses are more common than one might think. There were so many instances when a customer came knocking on my shop because their tires gave out after just six months of use and they were not even provided with a proper warranty.
In my experience, Cooper tires have always been more reliable when it came to durability, and for some of their models, they even provide a 45-day road test guarantee. Tire mileage warranty is also available, and you can get a minimum use of 25,000-90,000 miles depending on the tire series you pick for your vehicle.
When it comes to safety issues, we know how important a tire’s traction and grip are, especially during the monsoons, heavy snow or even for extremely rocky terrain.
Cooper puts great emphasis on driver and passenger’s safety for their tire designs. Each of their line of tires has certain design elements that prevent accidental and momentary loss of grip and car control.
You might be thinking that excessive traction can lead to reduced handling capabilities and a loss of maneuverability. Well, Cooper has thought of this as well, and they provide each of their series with wide shoulder notches along with a groove design to reduce hydroplaning which improves the grip and maneuverability at the same time.
Cooper also integrates some of their models with studs and biting edges to help your car dig into loose and hard snow, providing sufficient traction even in the most challenging terrain.
Popularity and Versatility
Even though an American company, Cooper tires are very popular worldwide.
And unlike most tire companies who specialize in a single breed of vehicles, Cooper tires do not limit their designs to only sedans. Their tires cater to minivans, trucks, SUVs and even motorcycles, thereby encompassing a vast range and offering greater versatility than the average manufacturer.
They have even set up subsidiaries in some countries to target the local market. This also helps them to expand their range of customer services and offer onsite help and assistance to any customer who is facing trouble with their models.
Each of the Cooper tire’s line of models has a GFE or Great Fuel Efficiency label to it. This signifies that the Cooper tires are designed to reduce rolling resistance and as a result, minimize fuel consumption as much as possible.
The “tread compound formula” allows significantly improved forward motion for lesser fuel use while at the same time providing better traction, grip, and overall car control.
Superior Car Control
“Adaptive Traction technology” is the secret behind the Cooper tires’ exceptional handling in all their models. Be it slippery roads or extremely rocky terrain, this traction technology ensures safe rides under all conditions.
It has a “Secure Grip” design which incorporates a 5-ribbed tread pattern that will allow the driver to have complete control over the car.
For professional drivers and race car owners, this will help them to make sharp turns at high speeds on any terrain.
Apart from a very durable design, the Cooper tires are very long lasting as well. They are incredibly sturdy, and their superior tread compounds allow them to work over many miles before having to get a replacement.
The tread compound mix has a silica-based gel added to it, which is the company’s trademark formula. This keeps the tire premium grade and makes it cut and chip resistant even under the harshest of weather and road conditions.
The gel also acts as a lubricant which goes a long way in reducing minor tire bruisings, which may occur after prolonged and repeated use.
The Tread Wisely Initiative
Cooper tires constantly try and promote tire and vehicle safety awareness. The “Tread Wisely” initiative or campaign that they periodically hold creates traffic safety awareness which specifically targets teens and young adults who are right on the cusp of owning a private vehicle.
They also occasionally perform demonstrations at schools and college campuses or any other social event for public awareness.
Some of the More Popular Cooper Tire Categories
When one speaks of the more popular Cooper tire lineups, some of them specifically come to mind:
Cooper Zeon LTZ
This is a fantastic all-season tire which is specifically tailored to fit SUVs and light trucks, which require light off-road traction while still supporting a sporty look.
Its sweeping lateral grooves and shoulder lugs improve soft-surface traction under all weather conditions, while the raised serrated bars enhance the steering responses and car control for all off-road treads.
Cooper Zeon RS3-G1
One of the more durable tire series in the Cooper line up, the RS3-G1 is made for those who drive year long and want a tire out of which they can get high mileage.
These tires also come with a free 45-day test trial and a “wear square indicator” which allow you to immediately spot the approximate tread life remaining in it.
The trademarked silica compound significantly enhances wet traction even in the harshest of monsoons.
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
“On-road comfort with off-road durability” is what defines this Cooper Discoverer AT3 series. They come with an advanced snow groove technology which traps snow in the treads to provide superior grip and car control on snow-laden patches.
The “Micro-Gauge Zigzag Sipes” reduces stone retention and drilling, thereby improving vehicle stability along with making the tire much more durable than most off-road models.
Cooper Adventurer H/T
This series is primarily made for trucks and pickups in mind. The “Advanced Anti-Stone Retention Technology” significantly reduces stone drilling and makes these set of tires ideal for all types of off-road treading.
The continuous outer tread ribs allow the vehicle to have improved stability and strong resistance to irregular and repeated wear.
The Cooper range of tires is just fantastic when it comes to catering to a variety of customer needs and demands. If you’re looking for a set of wheels to help you through multiple terrains and last you a lifetime, then I can definitely say that Cooper tires are going to be one of your best investments.