Pick Up Old Tires for Earth Day

April 16, 2014 by
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pick up old tires for earth day 2014Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, April 22, and the day is dedicated to promoting sustainability and care of the Earth’s environment. Tires are something that should not be discarded or stored in our environment. Instead, tires that have reached the end of their lifespan should be brought to a facility that accepts old tires. In many cases there is a small disposal fee for getting rid of the tire, but proper disposal is important. The TireZoo charges a $3.00 tire disposal fee.

Pick Up Old Tires and Give Them New Purpose

Tires can be recycled and given new purpose. Tires that are illegally dumped or stored pose many health risks. Just a few minutes of cleaning up garbage, including old tires, can help keep our cities, countryside, parks and nature areas clean and beautiful.

If you are looking to repurpose only one old tire, why not make a tire swing?

Are you participating in any Earth Day events this year? Do you have a tradition you can share?



Teaching Kids About Car Care

April 3, 2014 by
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teaching kids about car care and tiresIt’s important that kids learn about the proper care of vehicles. Long before they can drive, they can help keep a vehicle clean (inside and out) and other simple maintenance tasks. Kids ride with you to get the oil changed and tires rotated. Explain the basics of why this is important. Kids learn from example, so show them how to test tire pressure, tire tread, and where to find the drivers manual.

As kids get older and start to think about driving, safety  is key. They’ve been a passenger and a pedestrian a long time. Talk about basic safety and driving laws. Point out things when opportunity arises, and take the time to answer questions.

The Girls Scouts recognize the importance of teaching young ladies about proper car care and maintenance. They even have a “Car Care” badge that can be earned as part of their practical living skills.  Boy Scouts have a merit badge for Auto Maintenance too. It’s a wonderful skill to encourage young people to explore.


Buy Mastercraft Tires at TireZoo

March 31, 2014 by
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mastercraft tires now available at Tirezoo, MNThe TireZoo is pleased to announce that we’ve added a full line of Mastercraft brand tires to our new tire options. If you are looking for Mastercraft tires, you can find them at both our Bloomington and Anoka, Minnesota locations.

The TireZoo is fully staffed with tire technicians who can help you find what you need very quickly. No appointments are necessary.  We offer special savings to our Seniors, Students, and Veterans. Just stop in and see us to learn more.

Potholes and Flat Tires: Welcome Spring!

March 24, 2014 by
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spring driving, potholes and flat tires, bulgesWe all do a kind of PacMan-type drive to avoid potholes, swerving back and forth, and quickly changing directions. The manner in which we try to avoid hitting large potholes certainly throws linear driving out the window so to speak, and is almost comical at times. But, hitting potholes is no joke, and your tires certainly aren’t laughing.

Potholes and flat tires; do they necessarily go hand in hand? Sometimes, but not always. Unfortunately there’s no way to predict which pothole will cause damage to your tires or how many times it takes to hit a pothole before your tire can’t take it anymore. While hitting a pothole could result in a flat tire, it’s more likely that they will cause internal damage to your tire. Cords on the inside of your tire can break and cause a bulge in your tire. You want to check for this frequently, especially in the spring when potholes are at their worst and road crews have not been out to fill them yet.

In addition to hitting potholes, driving over uneven payment, hitting or sliding into curbs, etc can also cause damage to your tires resulting in bulges or flat tires. If you did plenty of sliding into curbs and snow banks this winter, it’s a good idea to check them over!

A tire with a bulge must be replaced. If only one of your tires has a bulge and the others seem fine, you should stop into the TireZoo and let us check over all your tires. If only one needs to be replaced and the other tires have plenty of life left, you do not need to replace all four tires! The TireZoo can help you replace one tire, matching the existing tires with a quality used one.



A Teen Driver’s Thoughts on Driving

March 19, 2014 by
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teen drivingAs a newly driving teen, I am very excited. I don’t know one teenager who is not looking forward to being able to drive. Driving means more freedom to be able to come and go as I choose, and it means I won’t have to rely on parents anymore to get me places I want to go.

Driving is something I have been waiting for since I was a child. As a kid I thought driving looked so easy; you just had to push down the gas pedal and steer the wheel, simple as that. However, now that I can drive, it is not that simple. Being able to even move the car requires checking the mirrors, making sure everyone has their seat-belt on, putting my foot on the brake, and shifting in the correct gear to get the vehicle to move in the direction I intend. And that’s just to get started!

While driving, I am constantly looking for things that could result in a crash. I’m watching for vehicles turning into my lane and watching for something to run across the road in front of me, and then thinking about how I’d respond. As a new driver, it worries me to think about getting pulled over by the police, so as I drive I think about every single rule I must follow. Most of it is common sense though.

Since I started driving in Minnesota winter, I’ve learned about something called “Black Ice”; something to be aware of in the winter. Black ice is basically a thin layer of ice that looks like the road, but it’s tricky. It is ice that you can’t see and can make driving conditions very slippery in an instant.

Teen Driving Advice: Learn in the Winter

My advice would be to learn how to drive in the winter, because it will make you a smarter and more cautious driver for in the summer when the road conditions are great. Driving is a big responsibility. When I am driving, there is so much I have to think about and I’m always aware that I’m responsible for other people’s lives.

Isabelle, the guest writer, is fifteen years old and has recently received her permit. She is learning to drive a Durango outfitted with TireZoo tires. The tires got a recent check-up at the Bloomington location and have at least 10,000 more miles before the tires need to be replaced. It’s important to teach new drivers about proper vehicle maintenance, safe driving, tire checks, and what to do in the case of an emergency.


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