Archives for November 2012

When the First Snow Falls, People Think Tires

It doesn’t take much snow to fall before people get excited and their attention turns to driving conditions. Some people slow to a crawl without a flake on the road, and other drives like they’re nuts when it’s far too slippery to do so. Either way, snow can make driving conditions change and the quality of your tires makes a world of difference. Stop in and see us.

 

When and Why to Put Snow Tires on Your Vehicle

snow tires mnWould snow tires help you this winter?

Snow tires are a thing of the past and present, and are still used faithfully by those whose vehicles benefit from using snow tires. The confusion seems to have more to do with people whose vehicles already have tires that usually suffice in the snowy road conditions. This means that some vehicles that have 60 series tires or less should have four snow tires put on for better driving in winter conditions. This is a good way to prepare for the winter ahead.

What kind of snow tires do we recommend? While you have plenty of options, we recommend Nitto snow tires because of their tread design and affordable pricing. When snow tires makes sense for you and your vehicle, you have two options. You can use your regular wheels and swap tires at the beginning and end of the season, or you can have a separate set of wheels and tires that you swap out. Either way, you want to make sure you properly store your tires when they are not on your vehicle. You want them protected from corrosion, and our tire technicians can give you tips to get the most out of your tires.

Still confused whether or not you would benefit from a set of snow tires? Just stop by either of our locations in Anoka or Bloomington, and we’ll take a look. Don’t forget to check out our current tire coupons online too!

Planning a trip to Minnesota this winter? Check out our previous blog post if you’re wondering about MN roads in the winter and driving conditions.

Safe Travels to You and Your Family!

Happy Thanksgiving from the TireZoo, Tire Dealers in Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week

Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness WeekDid you know that this is Minnesota Winter Hazard Awareness Week? With inevitable winter weather, snow, ice and storms anytime now, Minnesotans always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Dedicating this week to planning for hazardous weather will help us prepare ourselves, homes, and vehicles so we can hopefully be as safe as possible. Here is a checklist of items to increase awareness and safety.

  1. Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide: With all of us sealing ourselves inside and turning up the heat, it’s important to make sure you have proper detectors in working condition. Test!
  2. Watch for Deer: With harvest complete and hunting season upon us, you need to watch for deer while driving and this includes the Twin Cities-Metro area. Minnesota is in the top 10 states for deer related car accidents.
  3. Surge Protectors: Power outages (even brief ones) can accompany bad winter weather, so surge protectors/battery back-up’s are important for your computers. It’s a good, small investment that will increase the lifespan of your computer.
  4. Check Your Tires: Check the pressure and the tread. Make sure your tires are as ready for slippery roads as possible. Remember to take it slow.
  5. Survival Kit: Put a winter weather survival kit in the car, along with extra warm clothing and blankets. Double check it’s there; don’t assume it is still there from last year if you haven’t looked.
  6. Subscribe to Weather/School Alerts: Most local news stations offer email and text alerts, and this service can help you prepare as early as possible and start making weather related decisions.
  7. Change Furnace Filter: Not only does changing your furnace filter increase safety, but it increases heat efficiency too.
  8. Clean Out Chimneys and Vents: Fireplace chimneys, pellet stove vents, dryer vents, and heat/air ducts in the home can all fill up with debris and create a safety hazard. Make sure you regularly clean out these items and check with a specialist on how and when to do this.

Do you have another tip or reminder you’d like to add? Please leave your comment below. If you are concerned about the quality of your tires, please stop by either of our locations (Anoka or Bloomington, MN) and have one of our technicians take a look. We want you and your family safe on the road this winter!