Archives for February 2010

The Talent It Takes to Turn Old Tires into Something Breathtaking

Why discard old tires when they can become part of your stereo system or home furniture?

Confused?

The article attached to this link, “Turning Trash to Treasure: 100-Mile Tire Art” by By Patrick Langston of  The Ottawa Citizen does a wonderful job of explaining the work of Bon Eco, a truly inspiring company that uses old tires and other items for a beautiful new purpose.

People are always looking for inspiring ideas and ways to use old tires and other discarded items for new purposes. The owners of Bon Eco are thinking outside the box, and definitely outside the confines of a round, old tire.

Thank you to the Tire Zoo blog reader who let us know of this wonderful idea. Do you have an idea you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.

 

Tire Art and Sculptures

I came across this new article featuring beautiful art using old used tires, and the pieces are simply amazing. I love the elephant sculpture.

Enjoy!

Do you know of another website that features tire art or an article showing creative new uses for tires? Please leave us a comment and link. We’d love to hear from you and pass it along to our readers.

Assemble Your Winter Road Survival Kit

Your Tire Zoo crew works hard everyday to help keep families safe on the road. When you live in Minnesota, or anywhere in the upper Midwest, winter poses some extra road hazards for families, commuters, and transportation drivers. Staying safe and being ready for winter situations means keeping your tires in top notch condition AND assembling a winter survival kit to keep with you through the winter months.

While a winter survival kit in every vehicle is critical, many people opt to update it for the seasons and keep it stored in the trunk all year long.

 

Winter Survival Kit Ideas:

  • Winter coat, hat, and gloves
  • One or more blankets
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-perishable food such as granola bars, or crackers; even just some hard candy can help (If you have kids and allow eating in the car many of us could live for a couple days with what we find on the floor and between seats, don’t forget to check under the car-seat 🙂
  • “Strike anywhere” matches in a water-tight container
  • Candles and an empty coffee can to melt snow; a cup is a good idea as well
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Small tool kit or at least an all purpose tool
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow Rope
  • Reflector Triangles
  • List of Helpful Numbers: Insurance Company, AAA, Towing, Tire Zoo

 

Staying Safe This Winter While Driving in Minnesota

What happens if I get a flat tire while driving in the cold, winter weather?

The most important thing to remember is to stay safe. Minnesota weather makes this critical, as we endure snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. We’ll get your tire fixed in no time, but worry about “the right now.”

At the first sign of trouble it is important to pull your car off the road and away from other traffic.

 

The First Sign of Trouble

Unfamiliar Noise? Trouble steering or controlling the vehicle? Debris in the road?

If you happen to be on the interstate, head slowly for the exit ramp. On a rural road, look for a wide shoulder or field approach. Once you have stopped your vehicle, it is important to warn oncoming traffic that you are there. You can do this by turning your flashers on, as well as turning on your interior light. Also if you have them, use reflector triangles behind your vehicle; they are a good item to keep in your Minnesota Winter Survival Kit.

If you can not get off the highway and are not well versed in changing tires I would recommend calling a tow truck. (Another good item to have in your Minnesota Winter Survival Kit is a list of critical phone numbers). If you are in the metro area during rush hour times, another option would be to wait for a highway helper to stop by. If you are worried about safety or have children with you and weather/traffic conditions are dangerous, 911 is an option to guide you toward the best options for your situation and location.

Once you are safe, you can call us and we’ll help you get your tire fixed or replaced with a new or comparable used tire.

What’s your worst flat tire story? We’d love to hear from you.

The Tire Zoo Is More Than a Cool Name

 

Did You Know?

Did you know the Tire Zoo has been in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metro area for over 30 years?

For more than three decades, the Tire Zoo has been helping individuals and families purchase new and used tires; keeping people safe on the Minnesota highways and bi-ways.

Wow!

Where does the time go?

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