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Archives for March 2014

Buy Mastercraft Tires at TireZoo

mastercraft tires now available at Tirezoo, MNThe TireZoo is pleased to announce that we’ve added a full line of Mastercraft brand tires to our new tire options. If you are looking for Mastercraft tires, you can find them at both our Bloomington and Anoka, Minnesota locations.

The TireZoo is fully staffed with tire technicians who can help you find what you need very quickly. No appointments are necessary.  We offer special savings to our Seniors, Students, and Veterans. Just stop in and see us to learn more.

Potholes and Flat Tires: Welcome Spring!

spring driving, potholes and flat tires, bulgesWe all do a kind of PacMan-type drive to avoid potholes, swerving back and forth, and quickly changing directions. The manner in which we try to avoid hitting large potholes certainly throws linear driving out the window so to speak, and is almost comical at times. But, hitting potholes is no joke, and your tires certainly aren’t laughing.

Potholes and flat tires; do they necessarily go hand in hand? Sometimes, but not always. Unfortunately there’s no way to predict which pothole will cause damage to your tires or how many times it takes to hit a pothole before your tire can’t take it anymore. While hitting a pothole could result in a flat tire, it’s more likely that they will cause internal damage to your tire. Cords on the inside of your tire can break and cause a bulge in your tire. You want to check for this frequently, especially in the spring when potholes are at their worst and road crews have not been out to fill them yet.

In addition to hitting potholes, driving over uneven payment, hitting or sliding into curbs, etc can also cause damage to your tires resulting in bulges or flat tires. If you did plenty of sliding into curbs and snow banks this winter, it’s a good idea to check them over!

A tire with a bulge must be replaced. If only one of your tires has a bulge and the others seem fine, you should stop into the TireZoo and let us check over all your tires. If only one needs to be replaced and the other tires have plenty of life left, you do not need to replace all four tires! The TireZoo can help you replace one tire, matching the existing tires with a quality used one.



A Teen Driver’s Thoughts on Driving

teen drivingAs a newly driving teen, I am very excited. I don’t know one teenager who is not looking forward to being able to drive. Driving means more freedom to be able to come and go as I choose, and it means I won’t have to rely on parents anymore to get me places I want to go.

Driving is something I have been waiting for since I was a child. As a kid I thought driving looked so easy; you just had to push down the gas pedal and steer the wheel, simple as that. However, now that I can drive, it is not that simple. Being able to even move the car requires checking the mirrors, making sure everyone has their seat-belt on, putting my foot on the brake, and shifting in the correct gear to get the vehicle to move in the direction I intend. And that’s just to get started!

While driving, I am constantly looking for things that could result in a crash. I’m watching for vehicles turning into my lane and watching for something to run across the road in front of me, and then thinking about how I’d respond. As a new driver, it worries me to think about getting pulled over by the police, so as I drive I think about every single rule I must follow. Most of it is common sense though.

Since I started driving in Minnesota winter, I’ve learned about something called “Black Ice”; something to be aware of in the winter. Black ice is basically a thin layer of ice that looks like the road, but it’s tricky. It is ice that you can’t see and can make driving conditions very slippery in an instant.

Teen Driving Advice: Learn in the Winter

My advice would be to learn how to drive in the winter, because it will make you a smarter and more cautious driver for in the summer when the road conditions are great. Driving is a big responsibility. When I am driving, there is so much I have to think about and I’m always aware that I’m responsible for other people’s lives.

Isabelle, the guest writer, is fifteen years old and has recently received her permit. She is learning to drive a Durango outfitted with TireZoo tires. The tires got a recent check-up at the Bloomington location and have at least 10,000 more miles before the tires need to be replaced. It’s important to teach new drivers about proper vehicle maintenance, safe driving, tire checks, and what to do in the case of an emergency.


How to Check Tire Tread Depth

how to check tire tread depthWhen is the last time you checked your tire tread? Do you know how to check tire tread depth? Even if your tires are fairly new or if you think you don’t put that many miles on your tires, it’s good to get in the habit of checking on your tires on a regular basis (once a month). Not only do you want to keep an eye on your tread, you want to watch that they are properly inflated, have no bulges, and no foreign matter lodged in or around the tire.

So, how do you check tire tread depth?

Obviously if there are any smooth areas and tread is gone, you need to give your tires immediate attention. If there is some tread left, you can use a penny. Place President Lincoln’s head facing down in to the tread, meaning the top of his head is facing the tire and the other side of the penny is facing out. Now look at the penny, and if you are unable see the top of his head, then your tread is likely good. Look at the image above. You can clearly see all of Lincoln’s head, which means there isn’t much tread left on this tire and it needs to be replaced.

If you have any question about tread life or wondering how long you have to budget for your set of new or quality used tires, you can stop in and have one of our tire specialist take a look. We’ll be happy to help keep you safe on the road! The TireZoo in Bloomington is about 15 minutes from Minneapolis, and the TireZoo in Anoka is about 25 minutes from Minneapolis, MN. Come visit us!