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. 

 

 

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!

Winter Tires

Looking for a deal on winter tires?

Shop the TireZoo in Bloomington or Anoka, MN and get the best deal on winter tires. When you buy 3 used “like-new” winter tires, you get the 4th tire free. You’ll walk out the door with great snow tires for your vehicle for about half the cost of buying new. Stop in or call us today to find out what we have in stock for your vehicle!

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What’s Your Winter Tire Plan

Are your tires good enough to get you through another Minnesota winter? Do you have enough tread to navigate the ever changing road conditions? If you know you need better tires or aren’t sure if your tires have enough tread life for the upcoming winter, stop in and see us. Depending on your driving habits and the type of vehicle you drive, snow tires, also called winter tires, might be the best option. For many people all season, quality tires with plenty of tread life will work fine. The TireZoo specializes in finding the right tires for your vehicle and needs. There are no pressure sales. If any or all of your tires are still in good shape, we’ll tell you. If we have any concerns about one or more of your tires, you can depend on honest information and affordable options. We care a large inventory of new and used tires of any brand of tire.

What’s Your Winter Tire Plan?

Winter Tire

No appointments necessary. Walk-in’s welcome! Stop by our Bloomington, MN or Anoka, MN location.

Snow Tires vs All Season Tires

snow tires vs all season tiresIf you live in Minnesota, you know that winter driving conditions are as random as rolling dice. One day it’s sunny and dry, and the next day you’re asking your passenger to help you see the white line to keep you from driving into the ditch. Winter is on all our minds, as we wonder what mother nature has in store for us this year.

Living in Minnesota means you can benefit greatly from using snow tires, and here’s why. Snow tires (or winter tires as many refer to them as) are designed for the purpose of handling better on snow covered, snow compacted, and ice coated roads. It’s engineered to provide the best grip possible under the worst conditions, including a wide range of precipitation and extreme cold temperatures. If these conditions seem much too familiar, then you need to consider the use of snow tires this season and the added safety and security they offer.

Snow Tires vs All Season Tires: What’s the Difference?

Yes, your all season tires are terrific and designed to handle a wide range of uses. But, all season tires are not the same as snow tires. All season tires are popular in the US, likely because many areas of the country can get by with them year round. Minnesota is not your average, moderate climate state. We have extremely hot and humid summers, and we have winters that can knock your socks off. 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 day in January with a 40 mile per hour north wind gust.

The same goes for your all season tires. You can’t expect a tire to optimally handle snow, slush, and ice when it wasn’t designed to do that. Snow tires are your best choice for traction and control of your vehicle.It’s not advisable that you use snow tires year round, however, and will need to switch back to your all season tires or previous “warmer season” tires.

If you are unsure if snow tires are right for your vehicle, driving habits, and/or geographical location, contact the TireZoo today. We can review some key questions with you to make sure you have the best tires for your situation.

How exactly do snow tires work?

Watch this video for further explanation.