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Holiday Hours 2015

Both the Anoka and Bloomington TireZoo Locations will share the following 2015 holiday hours:

Christmas Eve: Open at 9am and closing early at 3pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Saturday, December 26: Open Regular Hours
New Years Eve: Open at 9am until 5pm
New Years Day: Closed
Saturday, January 2: Open Regular Hours

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head,And whispered to her neighbor_ _Winter is dead.”

Winter Survival Kits are Necessary in Minnesota

blankets in car winter survival kitsDo you have a winter survival kit in your car yet? Maybe a survival kit would make a great holiday gift idea for the college student in your life? Practical, yet life saving is the name of the game when in comes to winter survival kits. Here are some things to include:

  • Winter coat, hat, winter boots, and gloves, snowmobile suit
  • One or more blankets
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-perishable food such as granola bars, or crackers; even just some hard candy can help
  • “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
  • Road flares
  • Kitty litter or sand

Holiday Free Word Find: Find the TireZoo

Print in .pdf form here and look for all the places you can find the Tire Zoo!

Entertain Kids While Traveling for the Holidays

Here is a travel game that involves spying items along the way. You can print the .pdf form here  and entertain kids while traveling.

Entertain Kids While Traveling

Searching for a Used 205 65 16 Tire?

used 205 65 16 tireIf you are searching for a specific tire, 205 65 16 the TireZoo will help you find quality used tires.

You have three options for located a specific used tire

Three ways to find out what we have in-stock for 205 65 R16 tires.

Contact: Fill out this quick form with 205 65 R16 tires in the comment field.

Call: Either of our Minnesota locations in Anoka 800.421.2037 or Bloomington 800.761.2013 to speak with a tire specialist who can get back to you while on the phone.

A Sunny Day is the Best Day to Install Snow Tires

Why on Earth is a sunny day the best day to install snow tires? Snow tires don’t offer any benefits if they aren’t on your car prior to poor winter driving conditions. If you wait until a significant snow fall to put new tires on your car or swap out your tires for snow tires, you’ll be in the company of many other procrastinators. Why make your day even more hectic by sliding around on the road and squeezing in a tire appointment?

We’ve enter the season in Minnesota where one hour can be drastically different than the next. Take advantage of the nice, sunny weather and get your tire errand done. It is more likely your wait time will be shorter and you’ll get the time with our tire specialists to ask questions and shop for what you need without worrying about getting home before the weather worsens.

How to Make an Ottoman Out of a Tire

Trash to treasure trends are all over the place, and using old tires to make new items is no exception. Watch this video for a tutorial on how to make an ottoman out of a tire, and visit our Pinterest board title “Tire and Wheel  Repurposing” for more ideas.

Fantasy Art Drawing of Tire Home

This fantasy art drawing was made for the Tire Zoo as a coloring page .pdf to print and color, by fantasy pen and ink artist, Jerry Lindberg. Print and color on your next road trip!

fantasy art drawing tire house


Traveling with Fido at Thanksgiving

traveling holidays dogMany people each year take to their cars and head off for a Holiday destination. It’s a rite of passage in America. Who doesn’t recall at least one long holiday family road trip as a kid, or college return home trip?

Traveling with Dog in Car Made Easier When Your entire trip is well-planned

Below are a few holiday traveling suggestions for a safe and easy road trip.

Prior to your road trip, schedule a car maintenance appointment to ensure the car is in good working condition. Having a certified mechanic check car vitals helps avoid unforeseen issues that may potentially cause a break down. Have the brakes, fluids, lights, battery, and tires checked. Tires must have adequate tire tread and safe pressure. (Tire Zoo can help! ) It’s best to be prepared for any winter weather driving conditions, so toss the tire chains and emergency kits in the car. A car safety kit is indispensable in a time of need. Your car safety kit should include, a tow rope, jumper cables, ice scraper, flashlight, blankets, water, and traction supplements like sand or kitty litter.

Getting out of town early gives you jump start on holiday traffic. Gas up the car and go over the house shut down list the night before. Set and convey the travel schedule “to the travelers,” and print a hard copy of the directions and a map. If your children are young and use a safety seat, check the safety seat for proper fitting and buckle up well.

Today’s vehicles are loaded with built in digital or electronic systems that help pass the time. Keeping the family entertained on long road trips is effortless with built in DVD’s for movies, iPods for hosting music, an other amenities. If not, there are many affordable portable options you may consider investing in, if not already own. Ipads are great for wireless streaming of films and gaming. Cell phones keep you in touch and pass time- remember the cell phone charger!

In case electronic gizmo’s and gadgets fail, you’ll be prepped with a special backpack created the night before. Include backpack basics, favorite books, cards, non-electronic games, paper and pens, and snacks. Snacks save time and money on the road, so have pantry treats and water available. When entertainment ideas or creature comforts conclude, try the old fashion art of communication. Take this time to connect and communicate with your family, or fellow travelers. Telling a story, or striking up a conversation easily passes the miles.

Looking for 205-65r15 Tires?

205 65 R15 tiresThe TireZoo can help you find matching, quality used tires.

Three ways to find out what we have in-stock for 205 65 R15 tires.

Contact: Fill out this quick form with 205 65 R15 tires in the comment field.

Call: Either of our Minnesota locations in Anoka 800.421.2037 or Bloomington 800.761.2013 to speak with a tire specialist who can get back to you while on the phone.