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Healthy Eating in the Car

Tired of eating greasy burgers and fries while you’re traveling? For some the occasional burger in the car is fine, but travel eating healthy in the carfrequently or take long cross-country trips and many people start craving something healthier. This article caught our attention on Twitter and we thought we’d share it with you: “6 Tips for Healthy Eating While Traveling”. The article has some great ideas for healthier eating choices, although those of us with kids may find healthier eating while traveling still a challenge.

Here are some Tips for Healthy Eating in the Car:

  • Involve your kids in planning and packing; let them know your plans for snacking in the vehicle and when they can count on stopping to eat.
  • Let your kids help shop and cook snacks. Letting them make their own sandwiches marked by a sticker on their wrapper increases willing participation in the prepared foods.
  • Make it fun; maybe you usually buy cheese in bulk but traveling is a great time to let them have the cheese sticks or shapes for which they’ve been begging.
  • Pack water bottles with straws or no spill features; we all know how easy it is to spill while drinking in a moving car.
  • Use those lunch boxes. Kids, especially pre-school age kids who don’t get to go to school yet think it’s really fun to eat out of a lunch box, even it is carrot sticks.

How does your family eat healthy on the road? Also check out our Pinterest page with tons of ideas for eating on the road.

 

QUIZ: How Many of these Interesting Places in MN Have You Seen?

‭iconic and interesting murals and places in MN

Whether you’re from Minnesota or new to the state, we have some of the most iconic places, landmarks, historical sites, architecture, and murals you’ll see anywhere in the United States. Some places are well-known, and others are hidden gems. So, get out a pencil and paper, and find out how many of these 30 interesting places in MN you’ve visited.

  1. interesting places in mnLargest Ball of Twine, Darwin, MN
  2. Giant Corn Gazebo, Olivia, MN
  3. Herman Monument, New Ulm, MN
  4. Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN
  5. Jolly Green Giant, Blue Earth, MN
  6. Spam Museum, Austin, MN
  7. Viking Statue, Milan, MN
  8. A&W Family, Pipestone, MN
  9. Mr. Spud, Barnsville, MN
  10. Bob Dylan mural, Minneapolis, MN
  11. The Gnomes, Dawson, MN
  12. Buffy the Cow, Austin, MN
  13. Prince mural, Chanhassen, MN
  14. The Pelican, Pelican Rapids, MN
  15. Smokey Bear, Red Lake, MN
  16. Holmes Tunnel mural, Shakopee, MN
  17. The Original Viking, Alexandria, MN
  18. interesting places in minnesotaWillie the Walley, Baudette, MN
  19. Bronk Nagurski bronze statue, International Falls, MN
  20. Tilt-a-Whirl Cars, Faribault, MN
  21. Tiki Statue, Cross Lake, MN
  22. Rocky Taconite, Silver Bay, MN
  23. Stone House on the Rum River, Anoka, MN
  24. Tow Mater, Wyoming, MN
  25. Otto the Big Otter, Fergus Falls, MN
  26. Canadian Goose, Squaw Lake, MN
  27. World’s Largest Turkey, Frazee, MN
  28. L.L. Bean Boot, Bloomington, MN
  29. Little Elf Tree Door, Columbia Heights, MN
  30. Cambodian Buddhist Temple, Hampton, MN

 

Make sure you check your tires before you head out on a road trip to visit these roadside attractions and places. If our TireZoo team can help find you replacement tires, stop in and see us!

Holiday Hours at TireZoo

The TireZoo in Anoka and Bloomington will be closed on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th and Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th. We will be open regular business hours on Wednesday, December 26th. 

The TireZoo will also be closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1st. 

Traveling During Christmas

reduce stress while traveling during christmasIt’s hard to believe that Christmas rolls around so quick each year. Traveling during Christmas can be stressful, but the more you plan ahead, the easier it will be. We’ve compiled a list of items and tips that you can use to make travel more enjoyable around the holidays. Let us know what you’d add to this list!

“Less-stress” Checklist for Traveling During Christmas

  • Start your packing list early. Post it where others can add items you don’t want to forget.
  • When bringing medications, be sure to leave some at home. You’ll reduce your stress if you don’t have to worry about forgetting critical medications on your travels back home.
  • Many items that are purchased can be shipped directly to your destination. Have gifts and other items waiting for you when you arrive. Double check if the online store offers free wrapping, gift cards, and/or shipping too.
  • If your family truckster will be packed full and lacking space, plan to bring some items on other weekend visits or send with another vehicle headed the same direction, or ship for added space.
  • In the case of larger families or extended stays when more luggage is needed, consider a semi-permanent or removable luggage rack to give you more space. If you won’t get enough use to justify the purchase, see if you can borrow one from someone with a similar vehicle/set-up.
  • If kenneling your pets, call early to reserve space.
  • Swap car games and toys with friends for something new to entertain younger kids
  • Locate all necessary car chargers.
  • Schedule oil change and regular check-ups to ensure your vehicle is ready for winter travel.
  • Check your tire tread and tire pressure; if anything is questionable or you don’t know how, stop by either TireZoo location so we can help.
  • Program emergency numbers into your phone and/or download travel apps to help you with road conditions.
  • Save room for winter survival kit and blankets.
  • Shop when you get there. If you’re in charge of bringing the salad, why transport lettuce in a cooler? Shop for items when you arrive and assemble your part of the meal then.

Happy and safe travels!

Happy Thanksgiving!

From everyone at the TireZoo, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are closed at both locations today, Thursday, November 22nd. We will reopen on Friday, November 23rd at regular business hours. Enjoy today!

TireZoo

Driving Risks: Autumn in Minnesota

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Deer & Other Wildlife

It’s hunting season and there are unique driving risks in Minnesota due to everything from turkeys and pheasants to deer and coyotes being on the move. In addition to being hunted, their feeding and hiding grounds (corn fields) are being harvested which forces them to move. Be alert at all times. Make sure your tires, brakes, and headlights are in great condition.

Rain Storms & Wet Roads

There’s a saying in Minnesota: If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes and it will change. Rain storms and wet roads are part of driving during the season, and you will want to make sure your tires have proper tread to handle the wet roads.  When it’s raining, poor tread can cause your car or truck to slide across the road with little to no traction; something you want to avoid!

Sporadic Frost and Snow

Frost is something that greets Minnesotans most mornings during autumn. The moisture in the air and the falling temps means slicks spots on the road. A sporadic and surprise dusting of snow can happen at anytime, and you’ll want to be prepared and stay vigilant, especially in the early morning hours and late into the evening.

Field Harvest Season

You’ll be sharing the road with weary farmers and truck drivers hauling straw, hay, equipment, and trailers full of grain. Tractors and combines are slow moving, so slow down and give them your patience. Watch for clumps of mud on the roadway, as well as cobs of corn or sugar beets that accidentally spill over. There are also wide loads like hay and combines with wide corn snouts. Be careful meeting them on the road, as well as passing.

Fall harvest tractors on road driving risk mn Fall harvest tractors on road driving risk mn check your tire tread wet roads and driving risks

Thinking About Winter Tires?

Winter tires

By October many of our customers are stopping by to have winter tires (also called snow tires) put on their vehicles. If you’re familiar with winter tires, then you’re probably used to this seasonal task. If you’re less familiar with winter tires, you may be wondering what they are and why you’d switch to them for the winter months.

New to the Idea of swapping out Tires?

Many people have vehicles that have tires that usually suffice in the winter. Depending on where you live, the type of driving you do, and your vehicle,  your all season tires are designed to handle a wide range of uses and may suffice. But, all season tires are not the same as winter tires. All season tires are popular in the US, likely because many areas of the country can get by with them year round.

However, Minnesota is not your average, moderate climate state. We have extremely hot and humid summers, and we have erratic winters and storms. When you use an all season tire, that was designed to be a compromise of desired tire properties, you’re getting just that; a compromise. It’s comparable to buying a nice fleece jacket that works well in all seasons for MOST parts of the country. A fleece jacket isn’t going to cut it on a 30 degree below zero day in January with a 40 mile per hour north wind gust. Some vehicles that have 60 series tires or less should have four snow tires put on for better driving in winter conditions; stop in and have a conversation with us. You can’t expect a tire to optimally handle snow, slush, and ice when it wasn’t designed to do that. Winter tires are your best choice for traction and control of your vehicle. It’s not advisable that you use them year-round, however, and will need to switch back to your all season tires or previous “warmer season” tires. 

We typically recommend Nitto snow tires because of their tread design and affordable pricing. When winter tires makes sense for you and your vehicle, you have two options. You can use your regular wheels and swap tires at the beginning and end of the season, or you can have a separate set of wheels and tires that you swap out. Either way, you want to make sure you properly store your tires when they are not on your vehicle. You want them protected from corrosion, and our tire technicians can give you tips to get the most out of your tires.

Not sure what this means, stop by and we can help you decide if winter tires are right for you and your vehicle. 

 

 

Now Hiring!

jobs hiring anoka bloomington mn tire technician sales positionsTire Technician Jobs Available

Now hiring full-time Tire Technicians at both our Anoka and Bloomington locations. Our company has been in business over 30 years and offers a great opportunity to be a part of an established team. If you’re looking to learn new skills, we want to hear from you. Experienced tire technicians encouraged to apply. Paid vacation time. Pay is based on experience and starts at $10/hour. Be a part of our growing tire business! Apply by November 1, 2018

Sales Associates Jobs Available

Now hiring full-time Sales Associates for our growing tire business at both our Anoka and Bloomington locations. Paid vacation time. Pay is based on experience and is negotiable. If this opportunity interests you and you have sales experience, we want to talk to you.  Excellent sales career opportunity with established tire company that has been a part of the metro area for over 30 years. Apply by November 1, 2018

To apply for the Sales or Technician position at our Anoka location:

  1. Stop by to pick up an application, or
  2. Email Andy

To apply for the Sales or Technician position at our Bloomington location:

  1. Stop by to pick up an application, or
  2. Email Pete
  3. Apply on Indeed here for Sales Technician

 

Learn more about the TireZoo

The TireZoo began in a small garage as a home based business in Bloomington, MN by Dan Wilkerson in 1979. A few years later Dan moved into a store front in Bloomington and hired his first employee. They were known as All Season Tire Co, and still are by many devoted customers.

The company grew, more employees were added, and their line of new and used tires expanded exponentially. In June of 1995 they opened their second location in Anoka, MN (also known to locals as Anoka Tire), and began helping people from as far away as Canada!

With the launch of their website TireZoo.com, their name TireZoo took shape and well, it’s just plain catchy! What makes the TireZoo Crew so intriguing is their interest in reaching out to customers and doing what it takes to save them money on tires and provide excellent service.

Their impressive inventory of new and used tires is the largest you’ll find. They sell many brands of new tires, wheels, and rims; yet have no corporate restraints, so they are able to offer used tires and other products and services their customers need – at incredibly affordable prices. The Tire Zoo will make sure you get what you need, help you put your tires on your vehicle, and take the time to answer all your questions.

They are the most accessible and friendly tire people you’ll find. We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

Carpool & Travel Snacks for Kids

Travel Snacks for Kids

Travel Snacks for Kids

We’ve got ideas for travel snacks for kids in the car, as we’ve been collecting lots of great ideas on Pinterest over the last few years.

When schedules get busy, parents spend a lot of time in the car transporting kids to school, activities, social events, practice, and games. Time in the car means eating in the car or packing food to eat at the final destination. If greasy burgers aren’t appealing and tightening the budget is, try some of these tips and travel-friendly snacks and meals.

Tips & Travel Snacks for Kids
  • When you buy a new school lunch box, keep the old one for traveling. It’s nice to have a small insulated bag for the car to pack items in.
  • Keep a little bin of wet wipes or baby wipes for fingers and minor spills.
  • Have a dedicated bag or bin for wrappers and garbage. 
  • Here are some additional tips for eating healthy in the car.
Travel-Friendly Foods
  • Individually wrapped foods or foods separated into smaller containers. It helps with food waste, as well as having less to spill should it get dropped. 
  • Wraps work well, as they contain the sandwich ingredients and are easier for kids to hold.
  • Snack and trail mixes can include just about any type of dry ingredients and seasoning.
  • Cheese sticks, meat sticks, fruits/veggie sticks are all simple and easy to pass around the car.
  • For endless recipes and food prep ideas for travel, visit our “Travel Snacks” board on Pinterest

Labor Day Weekend Holiday Hours

Our Labor Day Holiday hours for both the Anoka and Bloomington locations are as follows:

Friday: 9am-6pm (regular hours)
Saturday: 9am-3pm (closing early)
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am-6pm (regular hours)

From the TireZoo to you and your family, we wish you a safe and fun holiday weekend!

TireZoo