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Driving Without Shoes?

driving without shoes MinnesotaDo you drive without shoes? It’s winter in Minnesota, so of course you don’t! But what about in warmer months? 

Driving Without Shoes

If you’ve ever kicked off a pair of flip-flops or high heels while driving, you may have wondered if you are breaking the law. If you live in a couple other states that’s the case, but not in Minnesota. While not the most safe decision, it is actually legal to drive without shoes.

Obviously having a pair of shoes in the vehicle with you is critical, in case you have car trouble and need to get out of the road to fix a tire or walk anywhere. In that case, flip-flops or high-heels may only *slightly help anyway. Here are some other interesting laws in Minnesota of which you may or may not be aware.

Can I drive on a flat tire?

Can I drive on a flat tireHow far can I drive on a flat tire?

So many people ask these questions, that we thought we’d try to help.

If you have a flat on the freeway or highway you need to get to the far right emergency lane as quickly as possible.  If you were driving at highway speeds, like most people do, the tire is a goner. Your first thought should be for your safety, not salvaging a tire. For safety reasons, drive slowly to nearest off ramp, side road, or parking lot.

As far as driving on a flat tire, yes, you can drive on a flat tire. BUT the longer you drive, the more chances you have of damaging the wheel and tire. If you MUST drive, it’s better to take it slow and go the least distance possible (mostly for safety reasons).

The Tire Zoo Recommendation

If you notice your tire is flat, or suspect it is too low, put on your spare tire. Bring your injured tire into the Tire Zoo to get it fixed, rather than driving over on a low or flat tire. If you are on the road, get to a safe place to change the tire. Always have a spare tire along! It’s not worth risking your life to save a tire or wheel.

 

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!

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.

 

 

Summer Survival Kit

summer survival kit

If you’re from the upper Midwest, you’ve heard plenty of advice and tips for assembling a winter survival kit for your vehicle during the snowy months. However, a summer survival kit is a good idea as well. Car trouble can happen at any time, in any season. It’s a good idea to have some key items in your car at all times, plus a few additional things based on the weather. 

Summer Survival Kit Necessities:
  • Water; gallon jug and refillable water bottles and/or cups
  • Electrolytes; you can buy in powder form to add to water
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Caps or visors
  • Wet wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Cooling towels
  • Snacks; some should have some salt content
  • Reflective blanket to use as shade
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight or glow sticks
  • Bug spray

Always check your tires over before heading out and make sure they are in good condition. If you have questions about your tires, stop in and see us in Anoka or Bloomington. 

Independence Day Store Hours

We will be closed at both our locations on July 4th for the holiday.

We will reopen regular business hours on Friday, July 5th.

On Saturday July 6th we will be open from 9-3 (note* Saturday hours means we are closing early).

Happy 4th of July!

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.

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.

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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. 

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