10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with KidsWe 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. 

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 of 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.

Benefits of Buying Used Tires

Benefits of Buying Used TiresThere are definite benefits to buying used tires. There are very good reasons why it might be more advantageous to invest in new tires, but for many people there are plenty of good reasons to opt for used tires.

5 Benefits of Buying Used Tires

  1. Save Some Cash: Saving money is typically the number one reason people opt for buying quality used tires for their vehicle. In many cases, the savings is substantial. 
  2. Environment: Using tires through their lifespan is definitely a greener choice. Many of the quality used tires we have in stock have barely been used, and many have 75% or greater tread life left. 
  3. Flexibility: Another of the benefits of buying used tires is the ability to buy just one, or two, or three tires to replace bad tires and match existing tread on remaining tires. When you aren’t forced to buy more than you need, you save money.
  4. Freedom: If you drive in extreme conditions that would wear down tires faster than normal or pose a threat to wrecking or puncturing tires such as driving in construction zones and off-road, you have less invested in used tires should they cease to be repairable. Nobody wants to buy new tires if there’s a daily chance of wrecking them. 
  5. Shop in Person: At the TireZoo, we carry both new and used tires in stock. You are able to see the used tires yourself and the condition they are in, as well as compare to your other options. With our large inventory of quality used tires in Anoka and Bloomington, seeing the tires for yourself is a benefit to buying online or an auction site. You’ll know you’re getting quality tires and our unique 30 day used tire guarantee. 

Before the Snow Flies

winter tires snow tiresIt’s early October, but Denver, Colorado is already getting snow. We all know that winter weather will arrive in Minnesota in just a few short weeks. It won’t stay at first, but those first few flurries will throw everyone in to frenzy. Make sure your vehicle and tires are ready before the snow flies.

Winter Tires

Winter tires, also called snow tires are made to handle snow and ice packed roads. They are designed to provide the best grip possible under the craziest winter conditions we all seem to find ourselves driving in at some point. Are winter tires something you should consider for your vehicle and typical winter driving? Stop in and see us at either our Anoka or Bloomington location, and we’ll help you figure it out. We want you to have the safest driving possible this upcoming winter.  Even if you decide not to put winter tires on your vehicle, we can check over your tires to make sure they are in the best condition possible and alert you to any concerns. Stop in and see us today!

How Important is Tire Rotation?

How Important is Tire RotationIn the most “perfect” of circumstances, such as a brand new vehicle with brand new tires, tires will still wear unevenly. Tires can wear unevenly individually, as well as the front and rear tires can also wear differently. When you rotate your tires an regular intervals, it allows the tires to wear in different locations on the vehicle and therefore, even out the wear over time. 

Also Read, “How Can You Best Care for Your Tires?” 

The Difference When You Buy Used Tires from the TireZoo

buy used tiresWhen you buy quality used tires from the TireZoo, we stand behind what we sell. Unlike other places that sell tires “as is”, if something happens you can call and talk to us. Our clients trust the quality of our used tires and the work we do to get you on the road quickly, and we rarely hear of problems. However, if the unexpected happens, you can call within the first 30 days of purchase and we’ll work with you to make it right. We warranty all used tires for 30 days!

We have locations in Anoka and Bloomington.

Cleaning Bugs Off the Car

Cleaning Bugs Off the Car

Another really wonderful things about tires is that you don’t have to clean bugs off them, but you do have to clean bugs off the car.

If you’ve driven anywhere recently, especially at night, you may have noticed an alarming number of bugs splattering your car and windshield. The next morning when you take a look, the remnants of the previous night driving look as bad (if not worse) than parking under a sap-filled tree for a day. Your car is covered with dried on bugs that are surprisingly difficult to remove. A normal car wash doesn’t seem to touch them, and even a higher priced car wash with a purported bug treatment doesn’t always do the trick. So, what can you do?

What can you do to clean the bugs off your car?

  • Try to remove the bugs as soon as possible, rather than wait too long.
  • Soak the area and let it sit. Just like starchy food dried on dirty dishes, bugs need a little time to soak.
  • Try a product designed specially for removing bugs such as Bug and Tar Remover by Chemical Guys, or Turtle Wax Bug and Tar Remover available at many retailers, and many others. (We don’t endorse any specific product). Ask at your local hardware or auto supply store for a bug remover.
  • Plan to use plenty of elbow grease and water to rinse. Many people claim sponges or dryer sheets work well to remove bugs. 

If you have found a solution that works well for you, please share it on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you. 

Closed for Labor Day 2017

Both locations of the TireZoo will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day!

Tire Buying Guide

Tire Buying GuideLook no further for help with buying tires. Our team is here to help you with all your tire questions, so please feel free to call or stop by our Bloomington or Anoka locations.

When to Replace Tires

Knowing if or when to replace your tires is key. Tread depth and condition of your tires is important.

New or Used Tires

You can buy new or quality used tires. Which you need depends, in part, on your budget and the type of driving you do. 

Brand of Tires

Brand doesn’t really matter. Many tire places sell specific brands of tires, but the Tire Zoo sells most major brands of tires, as well as some other lesser known brands. Buying what is needed for your vehicle, as well as the quality of the tire, are the most important factors.

Size of Tire Your Vehicle Needs

Your owner manual, the sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door, and the tires themselves will tell you the size/kind of tires you need for your vehicle.  You can either write down what you see, take a picture, or stop by and we can tell you what type of tire your vehicle needs.

Replacing Tires

Contrary to some information out there, you do not have to buy all four tires at the same time. It is possible to replace one bad tire or your two front tires, for example, and leave the remaining tires on your vehicle until they need to be replaced. Unless your existing tires are brand new, it is likely you’ll need to buy quality used tires so we can match your tread and the tires will perform and wear evenly.

What the Term Aftermarket Means

What aftermarket tires and rims actually refers to putting tires and/or rims on a vehicle that did not originally come with the vehicle. However, be careful of blanket statements about if and how to use aftermarket tires, as each vehicle and situation can vary. The replacement tire may be pressurized differently than the original tire. However, to ensure that the TPMS sensors read correctly, it is more important to go with the vehicle’s recommended tire pressure which can be found on the door jam sticker right inside the driver’s side door.

Addition Tire Guide Resource

As far as a comprehensive tire buying guide, Consumer Reports has a fairly complete resource that gives definitions of the various types of tires from All Season Tires to High Performance Tires and Snow Tires, as well as additional items to consider when shopping for tires. 

Tire Recycling

tire recyclingWhat happens to a tire when it is old, worn, and no longer safe to use on a vehicle for its original, intended purpose? Recycling! Or at least today the answer is tire recycling.

Tire recycling has been around since people realized that having millions or even billions of old tires stock piled in landfills and other places was not a good thing. Every year creates another million or more of old tires. Safe tires are imperative for safe driving, so it’s equally important that people recycle old tires when they’re worn.

Not only is it bad for our environment and unsightly, but tire fires are dangerous and hard to control if in a large quantity. Without proper tire recycling opportunities, laws, and requirements, illegal dumping is also an ongoing issue that we’re all trying to curb!

The history of tire recycling has been an evolution of sorts, but is extremely important. Old tires can be used for a variety of new purposes. From tire swings to potato gardens and art sculptures, people are always thinking of new ways to use old tires. Tire recycling into other products completes the life cycle of a tire. At the TireZoo, most old tires get picked up by a truck, transported to Green Man,  ground up, and recycled. We charge a minimal fee to cover the costs. Stop by and make sure you get any old tires on your property recycled properly.

Lease Return Tires

Lease Return TiresDo you lease a vehicle? If you lease a vehicle and are approaching a lease return, we can help you find tires that will pass lease inspection.

In many cases, our customers bring in their lease vehicles to us first to inspect tires. When the tread is worn too low to pass inspection, we can find the right sized quality used tires and put them on your vehicle so you pass inspection and avoid excess fees and/or tire replacement costs. 

Our quality used tires are in excellent condition. Stop in and let us help you!

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