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Clean Your Vehicle Cup Holder

clean your vehicle cup holderHave you spilled one too many times in your vehicle’s cup holder? Maybe a fast food beverage was left only to seep sticky syrup into the crevices of your cup holder, making it a mess. Clean your vehicle cup holder with these tips to make the clean up process a little easier.

Removable Cup Holders

Many trucks and cars have cup holders or cup holder liners made of plastic or rubber that is removable. If you can remove your cup holder, it is much easier to clean. Try running your cup holders through a rinse cycle of your dishwasher (be careful with full cycles that could warp or melt). After the rinse cycle, allow the cup holder to sit for 20 minutes and then attempt to wipe out leftover slime. If necessary, repeat the process.

If you don’t have a dishwasher or are leery of that method, try a bucket of warm, soapy water and drop your cup holders in. They may need some serious soaking time.

Non-Removable Cup Holders

This is much more challenging, but can be done. Have two clean rags ready. Use the first one to squeeze a small amount of warm, soapy water into the cup holder and allow to sit. Use the second, DRY rag to wedge into the cup holder to soak up the water and released residue. You may have to repeat the process until all the sugar dissolves.

For light colored plastic cup holders stained with coffee or other beverages, try a small amount of lemon juice and rub with a clean cloth.

Getting Started with Teen Drivers Education in Minnesota

If you have a Junior High School student in your house, it’s not too early to start thinking about Teen Drivers Education. Most drivers education teachers will recommend classroom training anytime after the age of 14. Behind-the-wheel drivers training can begin at the age of 15. The overall goal is to turn new teen drivers into safe drivers, and this does not come overnight, but with hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety uses a Graduated Driver licensee system (GDL). There are 3 stages that a new driver needs to complete to become fully licensed to drive.

Minnesota Driver Education – GDL Standard Requirements

  1. Supervised Learning – Instructional Drivers Permit teen drivers education
  2. Intermediate – Provisional License to Drive that limited unsupervised driving in high-risk situations (there are several requirements for this including being 16 years old, having an instructional permit for 6 months, pass a road test, and more)
  3. Full License to Drive (either has had a provisional license for 12 months or be 18 years old)

Start Here – How to Choose a Quality Driving School

  1. Ask other parents and your local high school administrators which driving school they would recommend and why
  2. Make visits to some of the driving schools to see their materials, vehicles, and meet the instructors. If you can’t visit in person call them to ask questions about their process and their references.
  3. Focus on quality over price.  The cheapest or quickest driving schools may not get the best results.

 How to Get your Minnesota Drivers Permit

  1. Driver must pay the Minnesota Drivers Permit Fee
  2. Driver complete an Instruction Permit Application (Proof of identity and parent or guardian signature is required)
  3. Driver must pass a vision test and a written test at their local Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) office

Requirements to Begin Drivers Behind-the-Wheel Training

  1. Driver must be at least 15 years old
  2. Driver must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and pass a drivers knowledge test

Teen Drivers Education Resources

Minnesota Public & Private School Driver Education Programs in Minnesota (PDF)
FAQ – Answers to Common Teen Driving Questions
Best Driver’s Ed Courses in Minnesota
Top 10 Things Teen Drivers Should Be Taught to Do

Your teen’s driver’s education class will focus on being an attentive driver and following the rules of the road. One thing that teen driving lessons don’t cover as well is car maintenance, such as how to change a flat tire or change the car’s oil.  

Drive Safe!

Anoka Tire is the TireZoo of Anoka, MN

Looking for Anoka Tire?

Then you’ve arrived at the right place! Anoka Tire has been TireZoo for a number of years. Actually, Anoka Tire was sold in 1995 to Dan Wilkerson, who also owns the TireZoo in Bloomington, MN. Anoka became the second TireZoo location around the Twin Cities-Metro area. It is located at 604 Church Street and has had the nostalgic “Anoka Tire” sign up for years. You can read about our history here, and we encourage you to stop by or give us a call!

Guide to Travel & See MN Movie Sites

tour MN movie sites

Minneapolis-St.Paul/Metro Area

“Young Adult”, starring Charlize Theron was set and partially filmed in Minnesota. They filmed around the site of the old Metrodome and Minneapolis City Hall.

“The Mighty Ducks” movie(s) starring Emilio Estevez features scenes filmed at Mickey’s Diner at 36 West 7th Street in St. Paul, Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud, MN, and the IDS Center in Minneapolis.

“Purple Rain” starring Prince was set in Minnesota and partially filmed at First Ave. and the IDS Center in Minneapolis.

“Jingle All The Way” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was filmed in Minnesota and features downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America, and Mickey’s Diner.

“Mallrats” starring Jason Lee is not set in Minnesota, but was filmed at the Eden Prairie Center mall in Eden Prairie, MN

Northern Minnesota

“Fargo” the infamous Minnesotan movie starring Frances McDormand was set and filmed in Minnesota, but not actually in Fargo/Moorhead area. Parts of the movie were filmed in Hallock and Forest Lake, MN, as well as areas around St. Louis Park, Chanhassen, and Edina.

“Catch Me If You Can” starring Matt Lattanzi and Loryn Locklin was filmed in St. Cloud and Apollo High School.

 

Southern Minnesota

“Angus”, starring James Van Der Beek was filmed in Owattona, Minnesota. You can see much of the filming took place at the Owatonna High School. 

“Grumpy Old Men” starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau is referenced to be in Wabasha, MN, but the houses featuring the neighbors in the movie are said to be located on Hyacinth Avenue East in Saint Paul, MN.

“Drop Dead Gorgeous” starring Kirsten Dunst is set in a fictitious Minnesota town and filmed in Waconia, Jordan, and Eden Prairie, MN to name just a few of the many locations used.  

 

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. The TireZoo will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of this holiday.

TireZoo of MN

Road Trip Using Google My Maps

Plan a Google My Map road tripHere’s a fun and quirky idea for your next road trip if you are a bit techie and want to break of up the monotony of  another family driving trip. You can use Google My Maps to build a custom map to plan your route with location markers. Mark familiar landmarks along the way everyone will recognize, if you’re taking a regular route. If not, you can use real photographs to indicate when your going to stop along the way to sight-see, stop to visit a friend, stretch your legs, or grab a bite to eat. You can even give your personalize map a name like “Most Awesome MN Road Trip Ever” and a date. Google will allow you to keep the map private or share it with only specific people who have the link. If you have older children or want to work on your travel route with your spouse or friend, you can give them permission to edit the map. 

One family shared how they used Google My Maps to plan their family trip, and you can see their blog post here. 

Another family helped young kids map a trip to Grandma’s house to cut down on the “are we there yet?” questions. 

This is a Google my maps tutorial on how to create a custom  Map for your next road adventure

Get Your MN State Park Passport

MN State Park Passport

If you’re ready to pump up your tires and dust off your camping gear, then here’s a fun idea for this summer. Get your MN State Park Passport and use the season to explore some of the best hiking, fishing, and camping sites around the state. The State of MN offers a Hiking and Passport Club that awards you with a free night of camping after visiting 25 parks. 

So how many state parks are there in Minnesota? If you have a goal of visiting them all in one season, you better make plans that will take you to every corner of the state and back again! There are 67 state parks in Minnesota, which are all listed here.

Before you head out for long (or short) distance driving this summer, make sure you check your tires. If you are worried about anything or question if they need replacing, just stop by. No appointment necessary, and we’ll give you an honest assessment of how many miles are left on your tires or if its time to find better ones. 

Happy Camping!

 

Free Minnesota Destination Word Find Puzzle

Free Minnesota Destination Word Find Puzzle

Print and have fun finding all the Minnesota towns and destinations on this word find puzzle. If you need help with your tires, the TireZoo is the place to go for new and used tires that will save you money and get you to your destination safely.

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Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Car Cleaning TipsOver the winter, not only does clutter build up in cars, but so does garbage and grime. In Minnesota, it is too cold to stand around working a sucker out of the carpet, so it gets left. Most of us would rather run into a warm building than pick up spilled cereal or sweep out road salt and sand tracked in by a barrage of boots and shoes.

Come spring, many of us have vehicles that look like a battle of sorts took place on the seats, floors, floor mats, cup holders, etc. As soon as the first warm and sunny day presents itself people come out in droves to clean out their vehicles, wash them and do much needed minor repairs. You can even listen for the hum of shop vacs through out the neighborhood being inundated by flying candy wrappers, pebbles, and dropped french fries.

If your vehicle has you itching to give it a good cleaning, here are some car cleaning tips to make it easier.

  1. Bring a garbage can with you and move it around to each of the doors so you aren’t wasting time carrying it off.
  2. Find an empty container like a box, bucket or laundry basket to throw items in that don’t belong in the vehicle like clothing, winter gear, toys, books, extra pens, etc.
  3. If something needs to soak (sticky dried pop in a cup holder is a classic), start that right away. Check your cup holders, floor mats, and other crevasses that need to soak with a warm soapy rag for a while.
  4. For those with really dirty vehicles, it’s about clearing away the chunks, in order to clean better. A shop vac or vacuum attachment will be handy. Make sure to use an extension cord so you can reach everywhere that is needed and open all the doors for easiest access.
  5. Lemon juice and vinegar are great odor eaters, and often a small bowl or moist rag with either of these liquids placed in a safe area (lemon can remove color) can remove tough odors.
  6. Old toothbrushes or washed mascara brushes work great to dust and reach small areas like vents, button panels, door handles, etc.

If you want to know how professional car detailers clean the interior of vehicles, this video goes through some great techniques and tools used to clean tough areas.

Need some inspiration from the pros? Take a look at how this detailer cleans all the interior pieces of a vehicle.

 

 

Do you hire it done or do it yourself? Happy cleaning!

Caring for Your Tires

caring for your tiresCaring for your tires is one of the easiest vehicle maintenance you can do. Some of the tasks associated with caring for our tires you can take care of yourself, and the rest it a matter of putting it on your calendar and paying attention to cues that something may be amiss. 

  1. It pays to be vigilant. Pay attention to where you drive. Debris on the road, off road, recent construction area, potholes, speed bumps, etc. Rough terrain can take a toll on your tires and alignment. Slow down or take alternative routes. 
  2. Tire pressure matters. Monitor your tire pressure and make sure your tires are properly inflated, otherwise you’ll premature wear and poor gas mileage.
  3. Frigid temps effect pressure. Most newer vehicles will alert you to a change in tire pressure due to TPMS (sensors), however, pay attention. Tire pressure often drops in tires when temps drop. Add air as soon as possible.
  4. Shaking isn’t good. If you notice shaking or vibrating, have your tires/wheel balance checked. Plan to have this regularly checked. If all is good, you’re good to go!
  5. Rotate your tires consistently. Rotate your tires according to your manual or at the advice of your tire technician/mechanic. Most vehicles recommend between 5,000 and 8,000 miles. This will help your tires wear more evenly, perform better, and last longer. 
  6. Check alignment.  Wheel alignment is also called tire alignment and front-end alignment. It doesn’t need to be checked as frequently as your tire/wheel balancing, but if you notice any pulling, vibrating, or mis-match with your steering wheel vs direction of your car, you should have this checked immediately.
  7. Take a quick peek. Get in the habit of looking at your tires. A quick visual check will help you identify tread, uneven wear, low pressure, or debris in the tire that can help you get ahead of problems and better care for your tires.

If you have any concerns or questions about your tires, we’re here to help. Stop by either of our locations in Bloomington or Anoka. We’re open 6 days a week and no appointments are necessary.