It’s common knowledge how important vehicle maintenance is to having a safe driving experience, but there’s one thing many don’t consider until there’s a problem — tire condition.
Diana Hubner understands the importance of tire condition better than anyone. In 2012 her husband was killed in a car accident caused by the vehicle’s tires being too old.
“It rocked my world,” she said. “Six years after his death I decided I needed to do something. I was working through my grief and wanted to give it a voice.”
Hubner found her voice in the creation of Tire Mom LLC, which allows her to educate the public about tire safety through her blog, country-wide tours and publication of her new book, “Tire Mom: A Journey of Hurting, Helping and Healing.”
I spoke to Hubner — who grew up in Littleton — about her book, giving a set of tires away in each state and knowing what’s in your tire halo:
Tell me how Tire Mom started:
My husband was on a 10-day, cross-country road trip, and while the tread on the tires he was driving was good, we didn’t know to look at the age. We were supposed to have a family reunion at the end, and instead we had a memorial service.
I’m not an expert on this, so I started learning from the experts and really became a mom on a mission. I want other people to be safe, so they don’t have to suffer the pain and heartbreak I went through.
How did you go about raising awareness?
I decided to go to all 50 states give a set of tires to one person or family, and that’s what I did. On July 20, 2018, I walked out my door and said I wasn’t returning until I visited 49 states.
On my blog I share the state-by-state chronicle of my trips, and the book is my journey of healing and heart through gifting the tires, as well as safety information.
What should people know about their tires?
The question I ask is, what’s in your tire halo (the ring of information that is printed on tires)? If you look on the tire and see “DOT,” the four-digit number after gives the week number and year it was manufactured. Tires shouldn’t be used after they’re 6 years old.
Currently only 13 states require yearly auto inspections, which include tire checks, so I tell people they need to check their own tires, their friends’ tires and their friends of friends’ tires. I can’t change the tire companies or the government, but I can educate people.
For more information on Hubner and her work, visit www.TheTireMom.com.
Airport skating this holiday season
Denver International Airport isn’t just for running down the hallway in a grand romantic gesture or making solstice sacrifices to a giant blue horse anymore. During the holidays, it’s also a place where you can ice skate.
Now in its fourth season, the DIA ice rink will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 22 through Jan. 20. Skate rentals are free, and on Friday afternoons there are special events.
The rink is located on the DEN Plaza, between the terminal and the Westin, and does not require going through airport security. Details can be found at www.flydenver.com/events.
Rocking out with indie game makers
The Denver Indie Games Expo, held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Hard Rock Café at Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St., No. 120, celebrates all those who are finding their own ways to create interactive stories for players to get lost in.
Attendees can check out new games and demos, try table-top games, take part in tournaments (like the 8th annual Denver Smash Bros. Tournament) and try out the work of VR developers. It’s also an opportunity for trade and sell your own items, as well as meet potential investors.
Details can be found at www.indiegamesexpo.com/dige.
Clarkes Concert of the Week - ScHoolboy Q at Fillmore Auditorium
The Los Angeles-area rap label Top Dawg Entertainment is home to some of the best working talent in the rap and R&B genre. I mean, it’s the label Kendrick Lamar is on, for Pete’s sake. And label-mate ScHoolboy Q is always right on Lamar’s heels when it comes to releasing truly fantastic albums.
To support his latest album, ScHoolboy Q will be stopping by the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Q is still great at tough talk, but he can also drop straight poetry like “I’ve found it, I’ve tried it/I felt it, my fire.” If there’s a better way to get Thanksgiving week started, I don’t want to know about it.
Visit www.livenation.com for tickets.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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