Archives for March 2017

Top 10 Things Teen Drivers Should Be Taught to Do

Top 10 Things Teen Drivers Should Be Taught to DoDoes your teen driver know how to do these then things?

  1. Where to find the owner’s manual, maintenance schedule.
  2. Open the hood of the vehicle. This seems intuitive enough, but can be a stumbling block.
  3. Where and how to check the oil. It’s simple and easy to do.
  4. How to check tire pressure.
  5. How to refill window washer fluid.
  6. How to turn on and off the hazard lights.
  7. Where to find the spare tire, tire iron, jack.
  8. How to tell which side the gas tank is on and how to pump gas. Again, this seems intuitive, but there are many stories of kids that aren’t sure how to do this the first time they need to put gas in on their own.
  9. Routine visual and audible car inspections; what doesn’t look or sound right and what to do.
  10. How often to change the oil, air filters, tire rotations, and other maintenance for safe driving.

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with KidsPlanning some traveling with an upcoming weekend or holiday? 

We care that you have safe tires on the road so that your traveling experiences can be as pleasant as possible and worry free! Before traveling with kids, check over your tires to make sure there are no issues including bulging, uneven wear, and/or low tread. Check to make sure your tires are properly inflated too. If you want us to take a look at your tires and let you know if anything needs to be fixed or replace, stop in. We don’t want you stressed and stranded on the side of the road.

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

  1. Pack travel friendly snacks that are easy to eat in the car. We have a Pinterest board set up and dedicated to lots of ideas for snacks while traveling: Travel Snacks
  2. Regardless of the time of year, dress in layers. Whether you are running the heat or the air conditioning, everyone is either hotter or cooler than the rest. Having short sleeves, long sleeves, and a blanket along will keep the whining hopefully at a minimum.
  3. Have wet wipes and hand sanitizer along to make minor messes and clean up a snap.
  4. Leave special blankets or stuffed animals in the vehicle when you stop to take a break. That reduces your chances of leaving something important and irreplaceable accidentally behind.
  5. Have a garbage bag or container along.
  6. Plan some travel games and activities, including some that will be new to the kids. We have a Pinterest board with plenty of travel ideas: Road Trip Entertainment
  7. Look ahead and plan a few kid-friendly stops along the way including family friendly restaurants, outdoor parks, and children’s museums.
  8. If installing car seats isn’t an issue, consider mixing up the seating arrangements throughout the trip for everyone to experience a different vantage point.
  9. Consider a family game that all can play, including the driver such as trivia questions, Scategories, Would You Rather, and other read aloud games.
  10. Print a map of your travel plans, and include stars at the start and finish. When you get asked “how much farther”, it’s easier to show kids on a map where you are and help them with timing of the next stop, etc.

Shopping for Tires?

shopping for tiresThe TireZoo has been locally owned and operated since 1979 and has two convenient locations in Bloomington, MN and Anoka, MN to better serve our customers with all their new and used tire shopping needs and repairs. The TireZoo aims to provide affordable options, as well as carry all major (and minor) tire brands so that customers have plenty of choices when shopping for tires. We take great care to listen to customers, only sell them what they want, and insure their experience in friendly and genuine. We offer online shopping of our inventory, as well as the option to give us a call with the size tire you need. We’re happy to give you options over the phone, so the process is even speedier when you stop in.

Shopping for Tires Made Easy!

Open six days a week, neither of our locations require appointments! Just stop by when you are shopping for tires, and our tire specialists will help you find exactly what you need.

The TireZoo in Bloomington, MN (All Season Tire)

The TireZoo in Anoka, MN (Anoka Tire)

Where to Recycle Car Seats in Minnesota

Where to Recycle Car Seats in MinnesotaIf you can’t bring yourself to throw your old child car seats into the garbage, you don’t have to. Minnesota has one recycling center in McLeod County that accepts and recycles infant and older child car seats. Working in conjunction with McLeod County, Stearns County serves as an alternate drop off location that collect the seats and hauls them to Hutchinson, MN.

While neither of these sites is in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area, they are an easy drive that works well with groups and organizations willing to serve as micro-drop locations. Over the years, parents, neighborhoods, and various organizations have collected child car seats to recycle, so people don’t have to individually drive the items to be recycled.

More information about Stearns County Household Hazardous Waste Facility and their Greenseats Car Seat Recycling Program

More information about McLeod County Household Hazardous Waste Facility and their car seat recycling

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

Cleaning your vehicle

It won’t be long before you’ll hear the hum of shop vacs throughout your neighborhood as soon as you step outside.   It’s always a sure sign of spring when Northerners emerge from their homes to clean their vehicles after a long, cold winter. If you live in an area like Minnesota, where salt and sand is used to temper the icy roads, then your vehicle (and your paint job) is screaming to be freed from the grime.

10 Practical Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

  1. Roll the garbage close. Don’t try to carry all those McDonald’s wrappers and pop cans to the garbage can. Bring it to you to save time.
  2. Have a container ready for items that need to removed from your vehicle and delivered to your house or garage. You know those items we’re talking about; the ones that make you smile and wonder why they are like one sock, a measuring cup from the kitchen, and a paint tray from the garage. Laundry baskets work great for sorting and carrying this items to their rightful place.
  3. Multiple rags. You vehicle is dirty, and it took months to get that way. Don’t expect one rag to do the trick. Bring a stack with you.
  4. A bucket of water to soak your beverage holders and any other removable, but highly sticky item that needs liberating. A simple bucket of warm water with a little dish soap will do wonders for removing pop and food.
  5. An empty shop-vac with a small nozzle. You will want to vacuum out all those fries and skittles between the seats. Use an extra long extension cord so you can move the vacuum with you. If you don’t own a shop vac, it is an excellent investment. Otherwise, plan to use a vacuum at your local car wash.
  6. Use paper towels or coffee filters to clean the windows. If your vehicle is super-dirty, you’ll need to clean it several times to avoid streaks. Don’t wash your windows in extreme sun/heat or they can get streaked. Also, a Windex or a simple vinegar and filtered water mix works best. Hard water from your well may leave spots too.
  7. To remove crayon or pen marks from vinyl, try hairspray on a soft, dry rag.
  8. To remove the remnants of stickers (such a bad idea in cars) from glass or vinyl, try a bit of baby oil on a QTip. It will take some elbow grease too.
  9. To remove a sucker from the carpet, soak a small rag or towel in very hot water. Lay over the sticky mess for a couple minutes and try pulling. Don’t leave too long so that the sucker melts into the carpet.
  10. To freshen the smell or remove mild messes from the vinyl seats, try a baby wet wipe, followed by a dry paper towel.