Maximize Tire Life With These Tips

maximize tire lifeHere are a few tips to maximize tire life:

  1. Make sure you buy make/model of tires designed for your vehicle. 
  2. Keep your tires properly inflated.
  3. Look at your tires for anything unusual.
  4. Always check your tread, and watch for any uneven or premature wear.
  5. Check your tire pressure every 3,000 miles and don’t assume it won’t change between checks.
  6. Only inflate tires when cool.
  7. Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or so to help ensure they wear evenly.
  8. Get your wheel alignment checked as part of your regular maintenance spelled out in your vehicle’s owner manual.
  9. Never drive on a too low or flat tire.
  10. Avoid excess acceleration and braking when possible.
  11. If unsure of something, don’t drive on them. Get your tires checked.

Stop in our Anoka or Bloomington location if we can help you with your tires and answer your questions.

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Question: Can I look at my tires and tell they are properly inflated?

Answer: No. While obviously you can tell (visually) when a tire has gone flat, you can not do visual checks of tires to check if they are over-inflated, under-inflated, or properly inflated. Use your owners manual and check your tires with a tire pressure gauge. 

Question: Can I buy only one tire to replace a tire that went bad?

Answer: Yes. You don’t need to buy an entire set of four new tires when one tire goes bad. If your remaining tires are new with almost all tread left, then you can buy a new tire to match. If your remaining tires aren’t new, we can find one quality used tire to match the tread of your existing tires, saving you a bunch of money.

Question: How do I know/find the right size tire for my vehicle?

Answer: Assuming your current tires are the correct size for your vehicle, you can look on the side of your tire. You can also look on the inside of the driver’s side door, or in your vehicle’s owner manual. Or stop by the TireZoo, and we’ll figure it out. 

Question: If I buy a set of four new tires, how many miles can I expect to get?

Answer: It really depends on the type of tires you purchase, the speed rating of your tires, and the kind of use you intend for your vehicle.  As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t had your tires checked by 40,000 miles, you should. If all is well, then you are good to go for a while longer.

Travel Snack Mix: Great Snack Mix Recipes for Traveling

MN White snow Travel Snack Mix

10 c. Cheerios
10 c. Crispix
4 c. peanuts
2 – 10 oz. bags pretzel twists
2 lbs. M & M’s
4 bags white chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. Oil

Mix together cereal, nuts, pretzels and candy in a large container. Melt chocolate chips and oil in microwave. Pour over mix and stir until coated. Pour onto wax paper and let dry. Store in airtight container.

Traditional Snack Mix with a Kick

3 cups Wheat Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Cheerios
1 cup almonds, pretzels, peanuts, or cheese crackers
5 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp white pepper (or if you like wasabi, use 1/4 tsp wasabi powder)

Mix dry ingredients in a large roaster pan. In a small pan, melt butter and remaining ingredients. Pour over dry ingredients, mixing well. Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Do you have a snack mix recipe you’d like to share? Email social@tirezoo.com and be sure to include links to your blog/website so we can pass your ideas along to our readers!

 

Tons of Staycation Ideas

staycation ideasStaycation Ideas!

Are you looking to schedule a staycation this summer? Whether you have little kids, older kids, no kids, or are empty nesters, we’ve put together some great articles and resources to help you plan your next staycation.

We started a Pinterest Board for staycation ideas you can pull from!

Many people do have little kids who will want plenty of fun activities to keep them busy, so here’s “Five Family Staycation Ideas; How to have a great time without leaving home” and a long list of “Do’s” to “Make Your Staycation FUN”.

If you still need more ideas, here’s a few more on how to “Make your staycation feel like a vacation.”

 

Money Saving Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

save money travel by carLooking for money-saving summer travel tips?

With weather that is, for once, not only warm but occasionally downright balmy, the summer is undoubtedly here once again. For many families that means that it is time to hit the road for a much deserved road trip vacation. If you are planning a summer road trip in the near future, here are a few tips to ensure that your vacation is kind to your bank account.

Plan Your Gas Spending Ahead of Time

Car travel is often cheaper than air travel, but it still comes with its own set of formidable expenses, namely gas. Gas prices are seem to be rising these days, and the price per gallon varies from city to city and state to state. Instead of relying on luck to try and find cheaper gas prices, there are actually ways to research the cheapest gas stations in an area ahead of time, such as GasBuddy.com and the US government’s fuel economy map. We’d be remiss if (being the TireZoo) if we didn’t mention checking your tires over for proper inflation and other concerns. Proper inflation will help with gas mileage, and obviously safe tires should help you avoid wasting time and money repairing tires when you’d rather be enjoying your vacation.

Pack Snacks Ahead of Time

Gas station stores make a tidy profit from hungry road trippers willing to pay a markup for convenience. However, you can save a surprising amount by packing your own snacks ahead of time, including cold drinks in a cooler – ice is less expensive than food and drinks on the road.

Avoid Tolls When Possible

The revenue from tolls helps keep certain roads maintained and operational, but that does not mean that you have to use those roads. With GPS units and smartphone apps, along with online trip planning sites, finding toll-free alternatives has never been easier.

There is No Rush

While it seems like getting there as quickly as possible may seem cheaper, and otherwise preferable, to spending more time on the road, flooring the pedal and far exceeding the speed limit is not necessarily the way to go. Not only is speeding dangerous and potentially very costly if you get caught, but high speeds are much less fuel efficient for most vehicles.

Avoid Fast Food Chains

While you or your family may get the craving for a specific type of fast food while on the road, stopping at chains regularly gets expensive and tedious. Local businesses often offer better tasting, more interesting and potentially healthier fare for the same price if not cheaper.

What is your favorite tip for saving money while on the road with the family?

 

Tires Can’t Take All the Blame for Breeding Mosquitoes

avoid breeding mosquitoes

Nobody Likes Breeding Mosquitoes!

While it’s true that old tires not properly discarded can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, there are many common items around the yard that are equally as guilty of providing habitat for mosquitoes. Nobody likes too many mosquitoes around, so the more precautions we can take to reduce the number of mosquitoes the better!

Take a few minutes to check your yard for these items and make sure you drain any stagnant water. Also, make sure you recheck after each rain to make sure water hasn’t built up in these items again.

Common mosquito breeding grounds:

Sandbox toys and buckets
Bike trailers
Kids scooters and outside toys
Clogged rain gutters
Lawn ornaments
Bird baths
Ponds
Barbecue grills and fire pits
Pool covers
Boat covers
Garbage cans
Baby pools
Dog/Cat dishes
Wheelbarrows
And yes, old tires

Do you have any items to add to this list? What simple, safe methods do you recommend reducing the mosquito population?

 

Make Your Own Travel Adventure Toy

Hidden Treasure Bottles; Travel Games for KidsThis is a great activity that you can make for or with your kids that is perfect for long car rides. It’s quiet and doesn’t involve any batteries. Turning and shaking the bottle actually gives the kids something to “do” and promotes fine motor skills as they search for items. The best part of this activity? It’s FREE and can be made with items from around your home.

What You Will Need:

  • A clear plastic bottle with lid; water bottle, pop bottle, Gatorade,  etc.
  • Rice, beans, corn or some other small filler.
  • A plastic funnel, or make one from a rolled sheet of paper
  • Paper and tape for a label
  • Some kind of glue
  • Items to “hide” in the bottle

Hidden Treasure Bottles; Travel Games for KidsIdeas for items to place in the bottle:

  • Button
  • LifeSaver
  • SillyBand
  • Eyeball
  • Straw
  • Balloon
  • Golf Tee
  • Dice
  • Safety Pin
  • Paper Clip
  • Corn
  • Coin
  • Ring
  • Screw
  • Key
  • Jewel
  • Barrett
  • Hidden Treasure Bottles; Travel Games for KidsBobby Pin
  • Puzzle Piece
  • Marbles
  • Dried Bean
  • Gummy Worm
  • Penny
  • Nuts
  • Washers
  • Rubber Band
  • Earring
  • Bandaid
  • Q-Tip
  • Crayon
  • String
  • Rock
  • Small Plastic Toys
  • Bottle cap

Hidden Treasure Bottles; Travel Games for KidsDirections: Wash out the bottle and dry as well as you can. Locate the items you plan to “hide” in the bottle and add them. Funnel the rice (or beans) into the bottle. Type or hand write a guide so your kids know what to look for, and tape it to the bottle. Once filled, replace the cap and add some glue. Hot glue works great. Shake to mix items well.

To Make the Activity Harder: Add more rice. The less empty space in the bottle, the less the items have to move into sight. Use smaller items. You could also use food coloring to color the rice, which would make the colors of the items blend in and harder to locate.

 

Memorial Day 2018

Both our locations in Anoka and Bloomington will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, May 26th and will remain closed through Memorial Day. We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, May 29th.  We wish you a very happy and safe Memorial Day holiday.

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. 

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.