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Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Truck Driver Appreciation WeekThis week marks Truck Driver Appreciation Week. We want to thank all the men and women whose career choice and dedication allows the rest of us to have things like overnight shipping, interstate commerce, and other things we often don’t give pause to consider how it “gets there”. According to the American Trucking Association there are an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. These people are on the road through all kinds of weather, missing holidays, and away from their families for extended periods of time so that we can continue to be a well-connected, thriving country. 

Thank you!

What is Hydroplaning?

hydroplaningHydroplaning is when your vehicle tires are no longer directly in contact with the road. Speed, water, air, and condition of your tires can all effect how your vehicle handles on the road and if hydroplaning occurs. Hydroplaning happens when a layer of water builds between your tires and the road, which can result in loss of steering, loss of braking, skidding and sliding.

Your tires are designed with treads that help take the rain water on the road and get it out and away from the tire. So what can you do to try to avoid hydroplaning and hopefully stay safer on the road?

  • Check your tires; make sure they are at proper air pressure (inflated)
  • Check the tread on your tires and replace when necessary
  • Rotate, balance and align; this is important for optimum performance, as well as getting more out of your tires for longer
  • Avoid driving through standing water
  • Slow down, especially when it first starts to rain and the water mixes with any oil on the road (making it even more slippery)
  • Don’t use cruise control, cell phone, or anything else that will distract you and take away from very attentive driving.
  • Always wear your seat belt and proper car seats for children

Call us if you are concerned about the condition of your tires. With rain and snow in the months to come, we want to make sure you and your family are safe!

Used Tire Service Place Here in Minnesota

All brands of used tires for sale

If you’re looking for a place to buy quality used tires in Minnesota, look no further. With locations serving both the northern and southern metro area, the TireZoo is your trusted source for exceptional customer service and savings. Stop by and see us Monday through Saturday in Bloomington or Anoka, MN, or feel free to give us a call to see if we have what you’re looking for. We can find one, two, or three tires to match existing tires, or fine a whole set of four used tires. 

Tread Depth: When Do I Need to Replace My Tires?

replace tire tread depthIs your tread depth deep, meaning your tires don’t need to be replaced? Or should you replace your tires soon?

Figuring Out Tread Depth and Whether to Replace Your Tires

You should regularly check the tread on your tires. Check the tread once a month, each time you change your oil, or before heading out on a long road trip. The easiest way to decide if your tire tread is ok or needs replacing is to use a penny. Place it with Lincoln’s head facing down in to the tread. If you can’t see the top of his head, then your tread is likely good. Watch this video to see this tip demonstrated, and stop into either of our metro locations to have a tire technician take a look if you’re not sure. We’ll be happy to help.

If your tire tread is fine, but you’ve had a flat you need to know when to repair your tire. Sometimes tires can be repaired and other times it’s advisable to replace the damaged tire. Read: When to Repair a Tire

For more tips on inspecting your tires, visit Goodyear Tires and Tips.

Fall Travel Treat: Making Pumpkin Seeds

making pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds make a great snack to eat while traveling. Packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants, pumpkin seeds are nutritious too. And the best part? They are free, if you are carving a pumpkin and would otherwise throw them away.

Making Pumpkin Seed Snacks in 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Clean the seeds and separate them from the pulp.

Step 2: Wash the seeds and really agitate and scrub them until they aren’t slimy.

Step 3: Arrange on a cookie sheet in a single layer coated first with spray oil or olive oil.

Step 4: Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, season salt, dill or any other flavor you’d like.

Step 5: Roast in the oven 325 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until toasted. Stir and move around every 10 minutes.

Step 6: Allow to cool completely before putting in an airtight container. Enjoy!

What are the Best Used Tires?

What are the Best Used TiresIf considering used tires is something new to you, but you’ve heard about the impressive savings that can be had, you may be wondering what are the best ones to buy? Maybe someone has warned you to be careful about buying tires that are used. The truth is,  when purchased from a reputable place like the TireZoo that specialized in selling new and used tires, they can be an wonderful option for many people.

There are reasons to buy used tires, as well as good reasons to buy new tires that we explain in further detail here. 

So back to your original question

The best used tires are not limited to brand, make or model. It has more to do with the condition of the tire and the tread life remaining. When looking for used tires at the TireZoo, we’ll tell you what percentage of tread life remains and about how many miles you can expect to get. We give upfront pricing and let you decide. We also offer a warranty on used tires that is explained here. 

You can stop in either of our locations anytime to ask questions, give us a call, or connect with us on Facebook. 

Are Used Tires Safe?

are used tires safeA brand new car is used once you drive it off the lot. Brand new tires once installed on your vehicle are technically used as well. However, both your new car and new tires have tons of life and safety left in them.

The Safety of Used Tires

Safe, used tires has to do with the quality, tread, condition, and source of the tires. 

Quality used tires should not be confused with old tires or any tire with unknown origins. The condition and safety of used tires depends on your trusted source for quality tires. The TireZoo is here for you! 

We receive high quality used tires from other tire dealers who aren’t able or willing to stock such a large supply of used tires like we do. We really do specialize in a large inventory of quality used tires!

Many places that sell new tires aren’t able to sell used tires. We are able to step in and help out. We take the used tires, and make them available to people looking for quality used tires or to match/change out a specific tire with the exact percentage of remaining tread. Yes, it can be done!

We also get quality used tires from auto dealerships. Many times dealerships take in a trade, but change out the tires with all new tires. This leaves excellent used tires; used tires needing a place to go. That’s where we come in.

 

What is a Tire Alignment?

Tire AlignmentWhat is Tire Alignment?

Tire alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the  tires and wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. You want to get the maximum life out of your tires, right? Then it is important to understand why tire alignment is important. Not only will your tires last longer, but proper alignment helps insure your vehicle tracks straight when driving straight and on a level surface.

When Is It Time to Align Your Tires?

Wondering if it’s time to align your tires? The best thing you can do is periodically check your tire alignment on a regular schedule or each time you have your oil changed or other vehicle maintenance. Otherwise, you can check each tire and look for uneven wear patterns. The problem with this method, however, it may be too late to save that tire if you do find uneven wear.

A wheel alignment cannot be done on a car with loose or worn front end parts. If you take it in, your technician will first check for worn parts and inform you of any problems before re-aligning your tires.

The best type of wheel alignment is a four wheel alignment. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Your car has four tires, so you should treat them equally. Many cars today have adjustable rear alignment settings, but even for cars without adjustments in the rear, a four wheel alignment will allow the technician to identify any rear tracking problems and compensate for them with adjustments to the front.

You should definitely take your vehicle for a drive following alignment work to make sure your vehicle goes straight and the steering wheel is in proper position with the spokes level. This test should be done while driving straight on a level road. If you notice a problem or something doesn’t seem quite right, take the car back and have the technician drive it and fine-tune the alignment settings.

What Are the Symptoms Your Tires Are Having One of Those Days?

  • Unintentionally wandering on a straight, level road
  • Uneven or rapid tire wear
  • Pulling or slowly moving away from a straight line
  • Spokes of the steering wheel off to one side while driving on a straight and level road. (Steering wheel is in an odd position in order to drive straight)

Do you have unanswered questions about your tires? The TireZoo would love to hear from you. Stop in or give us a call at our Bloomington (800.761.2013) or Anoka (800.421.2037) locations.

Family Road Trip Destinations this Summer

Family Road Trip DestinationsSummer is here, and it’s time for you to start preparing for your road trip. Where should you go? Here are five places you can go with the family this  summer.

  1. You can’t really go wrong with Colorado for your road trip. It is one of the few destinations that you can take a drive through and marvel at the beauty. You may think there is not much in Colorado, but when you see those snow kissed mountain tops and beautiful lakes as you drive through, you’ll be impressed. Also, a great place to take an RV or go on a camping trip.
  2. Southern flair and food seems to get the best of most people. You could be one of those people who is dining on fine southern BBQ and southern cuisine. If eating is on your platter, you should take a visit to savory New Orleans, Louisiana with your family this summer.
  3. Marveled as a truly American city, you might want to visit Chicago. There is a number of upscale clubs that remind you a place Al Capone would spend his time. If that doesn’t do it, the architecture will be a sight to see. Don’t forget to pick up a slice of Chicago style pizza.
  4. Of course, a road trip isn’t complete without a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course, as with everything in Las Vegas, it comes at a price. The entertainment is world-class, even for your kids, and people come from around the world to see Las Vegas. It’s definitely among the top five places you can visit in the United States.
  5. New York City has a great mixture of people and entertainment options. It is one of the best places for tourists to visit, since there is a cultural melding pot within the city. You could spend your entire life doing a new event each day, but you would never do everything within New York City. Places to see include the Statue of Liberty, Chinatown, Little Italy and Times Square.

Before you head out for your road trip, make sure you have checked your tires and prepared your vehicle. The last thing you want on the road is a flat tire. Stop on by TireZoo for a check up on your tires.

 

 

Planning a Minnesota Staycation

planning a minnesota staycationIf time or money is tight this summer, there are plenty of things to do that require little or no travel. Whether you’re looking for ideas for a day trip or stay home, here are some ideas you can explore with your family.

  • Photo Hunt: Plan out 25 topics and challenge everyone in the family to find something to photograph that represents that topic. Have fun with the topics making them difficult or funny. With most mobile devices and phones having cameras, this shouldn’t be too hard or do the hunt in pairs/teams. Invite friends to join in.
  • Water Slide: Make a giant slip-n-slide on the front lawn out of a roll of construction plastic from the hardware store. If you don’t have space or have a neighbor with a great slope, team up.
  • A Different Type of Picnic: Organize a shrimp boil. Invite a few friends or family, assign each one an ingredient (shrimp, chicken, corn, potatoes, onion, butter, etc). This is a great campfire/outside cooking recipe that will keep the house cool in the summer. Line a picnic table with paper and dump the food in the center. Here is one recipe.
  • Pinterest Party: Give each member of the family an assignment to pick one fun recipe and a project from Pinterest. Lots of people pin things to try at a later date, but use this time as your opportunity to give things a try!
  • Check out our Staycation Pinterest Board where we’ve been pinning all kinds of fun summer ideas!