Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cooper Tire: My Every Day Road Trip Contest

This post brought to you by Cooper Tire. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who doesn't love a good road trip? They're awesome, right?!

I love road trips, and not because my husband is trapped in the car with me for hours and has no way to escape from my detailed stories about middle school cheerleading. Well, not only because of that.

It's because road trips are fun! It's nice to get away for a while and take in all the scenery along the way. It's a memory building machine. 
I remember one road trip back in college, we had four cars speeding in a caravan through Alabama trying to make it back to Atlanta from Panama City. A state trooper stopped in the middle of the highway and pulled over all four cars. The cost of the tickets was more than our vacation! We sold doughnuts every Saturday morning for a month just to pay for them.
When Bailey was a baby, she took a bottle in her carseat on the way to the beach. But unfortunately, that half-drunk bottle of formula ended up beneath my driver's seat where, drip-by-drip, it puddled on the upholstery  After cooking in the 100 degree heat for a couple of days, you don't even want to know how bad that car smelled, but think "dead skunk", and then know that it was worse than that. Forget water boarding - that spoiled-milk-stank would make me tell you every government secret that I knew and a few that I would totally make up. 
When I was about 6 months pregnant with Drew, we went on a road trip to South Carolina. I don't know if I was just nesting or really inefficient when packing, but I think I brought everything we owned. I had to ride with piles of stuff at my feet, so when we finally arrived, Drew wasn't the only person stuck in the fetal position if you know what I mean. 
Whether it's ordinary trips to the grocery store or extraordinary memories, Cooper Tire is commemorating life’s every day road trips with an exciting opportunity to earn an entire year of free gas during the Cooper Tire's My Every Day Road Trip Contest
Running March 1 through March 29, fans of Cooper Tire’s Facebook page can share their not-so-everyday road trip stories by submitting video, written stories, or photos. For inspiration, fans can view two featured videos that detail the extraordinary daily drives of two unique Cooper Tire owners, and the role Cooper tires play in their every day road trips.
“Cooper tires are crafted for life’s every day road trips and we’ve long heard from dedicated fans about their daily journeys. We’re excited to create an open forum for people to share their stories,” said Hal Gardner, Cooper Tire’s Vice President of Marketing Communications and Market Intelligence.
How to Enter
Starting March 1, Cooper Tire Facebook fans may submit their not-so-every day road trip stories on the company’s Facebook page in one of the following ways:
  1. Written story
  2. Photo
  3. Video 
Winners will be selected based on criteria such as originality, creativity, and their passion for Cooper tires and compelling content.
  1. Written story: The top written story will win a $100 gift card to use toward gas for one week.
  2. Photo: The highest rated photo entry will receive a $500 gift card to use toward gas for one month.
  3. Video: The top five video finalists will each win a new set of four Cooper tires and advance to the final phase of the competition. In the final phase, Cooper Tire Facebook fans will be encouraged to vote for their favorite Every Day Road Trip video, to help determine the final winner. The video with the combined highest score and most votes will be awarded a gift card for $5,000 toward gas for one year to fuel their daily drive.
Opportunity to Win for Voting
You can win prizes just for voting! Beginning April 15th, fans can vote for their top video to help determine the overall Cooper Tire Facebook video winner. For each vote (one per day), fans will automatically receive an entry to win a Road Trip Kit. The prize pack includes several items to keep them on-the-go, including a $100 Cooper Tire auto service voucher, a $50 gas card, $50 iTunes gift card and Cooper gear.
Be sure to like the Cooper Tire’s Facebook page for complete contest and sweepstakes rules and submission guidelines.
Cooper Tire has been crafting tires for life’s road trips for nearly 100 years. Boasting a full product portfolio, fitting most vehicles on the road today, Cooper manufactures quality passenger, light truck, sport utility, performance and winter tires.
Note: Video, photo and story submissions are accepted March 1-29. Voting (for an opportunity to enter the sweepstakes) begins April 15.
Check out contest information on the Cooper Tire Facebook page for more information. Good luck!

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