Archives for November 2013

Aim Your Tires Toward Minnesota for a Winter Getaway

mn winter getawayIf you have limited time off or would rather stay close to home during some winter time off, there’s plenty to do in Minnesota for a winter getaway! It may be hard from Minnesota born residents to believe, many many people from warmer states actually make Minnesota a vacation destination so they can enjoy the snow and all it has to offer.

From our numerous ski and tubing hills, to our limitless sledding and ice fishing opportunities, Minnesota has plenty to offer vacationers during the coldest months of the year.

A few ideas that may be a bit “out of the box” for a Minnesota Winter Getaway this winter:

A frozen dip in a lake: You won’t get the opportunity in Dallas or Orlando to saw a hole in lake ice and jump in! Not for the faint of heart, there are plenty of opportunities to check a mid-winter swim off your bucket list and boast to friends that you found something truly unique to do on your vacation! MN Polar Plunge, Deep Freeze Dunk

Iceman: If fitness and/or extreme races are your thing, why not check out Minnesota’s own kind of crazy at this January extreme 5K run through ice, snow and obstacles. Heck, you’ll bring home a medal to prove you completed the challenge!

Sled Dogs: Snow dogs aren’t just in movies! You don’t have to travel to Alaska to experience dog sledding. You can enjoy this unique experience right here in Minnesota!

Fat Tire Bikes: Yes, you can actually bike on snow and ice in Minnesota! In fact, fat tire bikes are growing in popularity and offer a very fun winter vacation experience. With our never-ending metro and out-state trail system, the bike ride possibilities are endless. There’s even a Fat Bike Frozen 40 Race Event!

World’s Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest: Head to Brainerd, MN and get in on the ice fishing excitement. You could win a new GMC or Ford Truck, and that definitely set your winter getaway apart from all others!

What unique Minnesota adventures, events, places, or activities would you add to this list?

Winter Driving Tips Minnesota: Make Sure You See the Road

winter driving tips minnesotaOne thing we don’t need to establish is the fact that Minnesota winter driving can be challenging. We have some “Winter Driving Tips Minnesota” we want to share with you!

Once you’ve established your tires are ready for the snow, and you’ve gone through your winter driving checklist, there’s one more thing to remember. You need to be able to see the road.

When the snow is falling and the wind is blowing, you’ll want all the help you can get in the visibility department.

1. Check and/or replace your windshield wipers now. Snow and slush will make a mess of your windshield, and you want your wipers in good working condition.

2. Check and/or replace missing headlights. Check all your lights and repair as needed. You want to see, and you want people to see you!

3. Refill windshield wiper fluid.

4. Repair cracks in your windshield that can pose a visibility hazard, as well as worsen in frigid temperatures.

5. Put a quality ice scraper in your car and use it. Never drive if you don’t have proper visibility. Take the extra few minutes to scrape your windshield and allow your defrost to do its job.

Here are some additional winter driving tips from Minnesota Department of Transportation.

If you have any questions about how your tires will handle on winter roads, please stop in and let us take a look. Proper tires, proper tread, and proper inflation are all key to safe winter driving!

New TireZoo Commercial on TV

tire zoo review our new commercial“One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war.” Thumb wrestling isn’t near as exciting as pro wrestling, and if you’re a fan, you likely tune in at 10:00 am (Minneapolis/St. Paul time- Channel CW23) on Sundays to watch AWF. If you tuned in yesterday, you may have seen our newest commercial run sometime during the programming.

We hope you had a wonderful Sunday, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call if there’s anything we can help you with regarding tires for your vehicle.

Please feel free to read a Tire Zoo Review or two by our other customers and what they are saying about us online.

TireZoo Commercial Encore!

Cold Weather Driving Reminder

cold weather driving reflectors for snowWith the inevitable cold weather driving here and more snow on its way,  here are a few reminders that may make winter driving a bit easier and safer.

Driveway Reflectors: On the next warmer day we get (and before the ground freezes solid) make sure you put driveway reflectors in the ground to mark the edge of your driveway. Not only are these helpful when shovel or blowing snow, they help protect your grass or landscaping. They are also very helpful guides to keep you or less familiar guests from driving off your driveway when the snow piles up or visibility diminishes.

Snow Tires: Find out if snow tires are right for your vehicle and driving needs. Talk to our tire technicians at either of our locations, and they will help you figure out your best tire options.

Winter Survival Kit: Assemble a winter survival kit and include plenty of warm clothing and blankets in your car.

Snow Scraper: Find the snow scrapers and put one or two in each vehicle so you aren’t relinquished to credit card scraping, two inches at a time.

What would you add to this list?