Archives for April 2013

A Travel Game That is Also a Snack

a matching travel game with snacks for kidsIf you are planning a long road trip, you know you have kids to entertain. They can also burn through all the snack quickly, so why not give this game a try.

Preparation: Fill an easy to open ziplock bag or container with a variety of items such as peanuts, cereals, raisins, marshmallows, dried fruits, fruit snacks, seeds, etc. The key is to use very small items and a wide variety.

The Game: Explain that the kids need to watch for something specific out their window to match up the letters in the snack. For older kids, you could make them watch for license plates or road signs. When they have a match, they call it out, and then can eat that item. For example, “I see a pig, so I’m going to eat a pretzel!” or “I spy an California license plate, so I’m going to eat a cashew.”

The winner are the parents and driver of the vehicle, who have happy kids content to stay busy and eat a snack.

More Travel Snack Ideas

If you commute, drive carpool, or simply spend a lot of time in the car, then having plenty of simple travel snack ideas in your repertoire can be helpful.

travel snack ideasIf you’re a visual person, then taking a look at some food ideas and packing/storage solutions can help you plan. Take a look at some of these ideas, as well as this creative use of a bead box for organizing a variety of children’s snacks.

And while most business men and women aren’t likely to eat their snack on a string, this idea is likely to be a huge hit with kids; make a necklace out of pretzels, cereal and other items that are simple to string and bite off.

It never hurts to keep a small garbage bag or container, some wet wipes, and plenty of extra napkins in the vehicle too.

What snacks do you pack that travel well?

April is National Car Care Month

April is a whole month devoted to taking care of your car! There isn’t any excuse then, not to make sure your vehicle gets a much needed tune-up. In addition to your owner’s manual, you may want to double check these items:

National Car Care Month Checklist

  • Check your purse, wallet, and glove compartment for your most recent insurance card. Shred the old one.
  • Check the expiration date and information on your driver’s license.
  • Double check you have current tabs on your plates.
  • Refill window wiper fluid
  • Check that your windshield wiper blades work as they should
  • Check the inflation of your tires and the tread
  • Get any warning lights/censors checked and reset.
  • Test your blinker and brake lights
  • Wash the salt and grime from your vehicle, taking care to wash underneath and between the door frames, etc.
  • And of course, regular maintenance items like oil change, filters, and tire rotations.

The TireZoo can help you with all your tire needs. Stop by and let us help you complete your National Car Care Month “to do” list.

Are Your Tires Ready for Spring?

While your tires aren’t the engine or transmission of your vehicle, you wouldn’t get anywhere without them. Tires should be an integral part of your vehicle maintenance regiment, yet they are frequently overlooked and taken for granted.

Spring is here, snow is melting, and rain is sure to arrive. You want to make sure you are as safe as possible on the road and avoid hydroplaning on slick roads.

pothole damage to carA long winter also means the roads can be in tough shape. We’ve heard of a lot of potholes around the Twin Cities area. While road crews are already addressing this issue, we want to make sure that you know that potholes can cause damage to your tires. Some damage you can see, and other times, hitting a pothole can damage the inside of your tire without visible damage. Get your tires checked.

While snow tires may seem a “thing of the past” for some, many people still put snow tires on their vehicles to help manage the snowy, Minnesota winter roads. If this is the case, it’s time to get them switched over. Make sure your snow tires are stored correctly, as well as check over the tires you plan to swap them with.

The TireZoo crew in Anoka or Bloomington can help make sure your tires are ready for Spring. Stop by and see us today!