Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving TipsWe are in the middle of winter in Minnesota. There will be snow, ice and cold weather. It is impossible to avoid it, so always keep safe winter driving tips in mind. Some tips may seem basic, but a simple refresher can be helpful as we get comfortable in our habits.

10 Winter Driving Tips:

  1. Increase your following distance. Snow and ice make stopping more difficult. Give yourself space.
  2. See and be seen. Keep snow and frost off windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors.
  3. Plan before you travel. Be aware of the weather conditions. Check 511 for road conditions, call 511 or visit Stay home if conditions are bad and you don’t need to travel.
  4. Check tire pressure. Make sure your tire pressure is where it should be for your tires and vehicle. Cold weather can cause tire pressure fluctuations.
  5. Take your time. Fast acceleration and braking can cause spinning and loss of control when driving on snow and ice.
  6. Replace worn tires. This will help give you better control in snow and ice.
  7. Don’t panic. Remain calm. If you hit icy conditions don’t brake. Try to steer straight and don’t accelerate.
  8. Pack a winter survival kit. In case you get stranded it is best to be prepared.
  9. Watch out for other drivers. You don’t have control over what other drivers do. Give them space.
  10. Give snowplows space.  Snowplows are trying to improve road conditions, but they are watching many things and have limited visibility.


These are just a few tips to remember. AAA offers a thorough list of winter driving tips to provide a refresher for the next time you find yourself driving in snow, ice and frigid Minnesota cold. Stay warm!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Both locations will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas, as well as January 1, 2018 for the New Year’s holiday. 

The TireZoo of Anoka and Bloomington, MN

FAQ’s about Tires & Service at the TireZoo of MN

faq's tireWhat brand tires do you carry?

Goodyear, Bridgestone, Kelly, Firestone, Michelin, Uniroyal, Continental, Kumho, Mast Associate, Fuzion, General, Mickey Thompson, Nexen, Nitto, Nanking, Pirelli, Riken, Bct, Bfgoodrich, Falken, Cordovan

Do you sell both new and used tires?


Can I check if you have a certain size tire before I stop by?

Yes! You have two options. You can check on our website for new and used tires, or call either of our locations. We’ll be happy to check for you and give you a price.

When shopping for used tires, can you tell me what amount of tread is left?

Yes, we will tell you about what percentage of tread is left. In many cases, we have several options to choose from, and our inventory changes frequently.

How many locations do you have?

Two. Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Can I buy tires from you and not have them put on?


Can I have you put on tires that I already have?


Is there a warranty for used tires?

We warranty all used tires for 30 days after the purchase and installation on your vehicle!

Do you offer free rotations?

When you purchase a set of four new tires from us we do free lifetime balancing and rotating. Details here

Do you do alignments?


Do you deal with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)?

Yes. Most vehicles/tires now have TPMS.

Do you have any coupons or specials?

Yes. You can see our current specials here.

Do you recycle tires?

Yes. Tires that have expired their safe and useful life are recycled. We ship the ‘spent’ tires to a reputable recycler. The tires are shredded or made into crumbs and are used to produce new products.

Do I need an appointment?

No appointments are necessary. Just stop in.

What are your hours?

Our normal business hours are 9am-6pm M-F. On Saturdays we’re open 9am-5pm, and closed on Sundays. Watch our website and Facebook page for holiday hours.




Closed on Thanksgiving

The TireZoo will be closed at both locations (Anoka and Bloomington) on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open regular hours on Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!


Time to Refresh the Winter Survival Kit

Winter Survival KitIf you haven’t assembled a winter survival kit yet, here’s a list of items you may want to consider keeping in your vehicle during the long, cold months. 

If you already have a winter survival kit it’s good to review a few of the contents and make sure they are useful should they be needed.

Winter Survival Items to Check if they Need Replacing

  • Food and/or water- Check expiration dates. If you don’t remove your kit during the hot months, chances are any food items are a bit funky or water got used.
  • Batteries- Batteries in flashlights, battery operated flares, etc 
  • Emergency contact numbers- have any changed?
  • Salt/sand supply- was it depleted last season? Is there enough should you need it?

Besides checking on the condition of the above supplies, make sure your other items haven’t been removed or used for another purpose. It’s important to have a shovel and jumper cables in your trunk, along with very warm blankets and winter gear. To check on conditions of Minnesota roads, you can go to MN 511

Thank You, Veterans!

We want to take a moment to thank all veterans for their service to our country. Please ask for a 10% military discount anytime you are at either of our locations.

Anoka Location Closed Saturday, October 28, 2017

The TireZoo in Anoka will be closed all day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for the annual community celebration of Halloween and festivities. 

The Bloomington location will be open regular hours on Saturday.

Thank you for your business and your understanding.

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.

Closed for Labor Day 2017

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

Planning a Road Trip

planning a road tripAre you planning a road trip this summer? Whether your are a seasoned road “tripper” or you’re heading out on your first long road trip ever, a bit of planning can be the difference between a great experience and a week you’d like to forget.

Tips for Planning a Road Trip

  1. Start early. Make reservations and appointments ahead of time.
  2. Get your oil changed and check over your tires. Tell your mechanic you’re planning a road trip so any issues can be addressed.
  3. Consider an app like Roadtrippers that lets you plug in your starting point and final destination, and then gives you points of interest along the way, including hotels, attractions, and natural wonders.
  4. Check out our Pinterest boards organized to provide ideas for “Road Trip Entertainment” for kids and restless riders, as well as good “Travel Snack” ideas. 
  5. Here is a .pdf link to our travel scavenger hunt you can print off.
  6. Plan some ways you can save money on your road trip.
  7. Ask friends and family who have been to places along the way for their recommendations of where to stay and what to visit. 

If you need help checking the safety and condition of your tires before you head out on your road trip, stop by the Tire Zoo in Bloomington or Anoka, Monday through Saturday. Safe travels!