Rain Tires North Pole AK

Local resource for rain tires in North Pole, AK. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to sports car rain tires, high performance sedan rain tires, and auto rain tires, as well as advice and content on tire treads, wet traction, hydroplaning, and tire replacement.

Rozak Pawn & Tire Repair
(907) 488-4156
New Richardson Rd
North Pole, AK
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Seekins Ford Lincoln Mercury
(907) 459-4000
1625 Seekins Ford Dr
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Air Conditioning Repair, Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Maintenance, Paint & Body Work, Tires/Wheels, Transmission, Upholstery, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Tds/Tire Distribution Systems Inc
(907) 452-7131
3601 S Cushman St
Fairbanks, AK
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Sam's Club
(907) 451-4800
48 College Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday: 10:00AM-5:00PM,

Giant Tire
(907) 456-2536
751 Williams Gate Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Ron's Service & Towing
(907) 452-2448
101 Noble Street
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Lubrication Service, Tires/Wheels, Towing Service
Hours
Mon:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:7:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Auto Service Co Honda
(907) 455-9825
1000 Cadillac Ct
Fairbanks, AK
 
Phelps Tire Co., Inc.
(907) 458-8473
3790 Stoneridge St
Fairbanks, AK
 
American Tire & Auto
(907) 450-1250
3101 S Cushman Rd
Fairbanks, AK
Services
Government Sales Deliveries

Kelly''s Tire & Wheel
(907) 452-2219
269 Illinois St
Fairbanks, AK
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Check Tires Prior to Seasonal Rains for Safety's Sake

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Check Tires Prior to Seasonal Rains for Safety's Sake

Baldness may be beautiful, except when seasonal rains let loose. Don't reach for a hat, however; a thorough inspection of your tires may be a safer choice. That's because motorists are facing a wet forecast, and it seems a slowing economy is delaying new tire purchases.

Worn tires and a National Weather Service forecast calling for significant rainfall and perhaps flooding is a recipe for disaster. Drivers should inspect their tires for adequate tread depth to ensure that they can handle the puddles and slick pavement that springtime brings. In addition, federal and state laws prohibit bald tires, where the tread has worn to 2/32nds of an inch and exposed wear bar indicators are revealed in the tread.

An easy way to check tread depth is to use the penny test. Turn the penny upside down with Lincoln's head entering the tread groove. If you can see the top of his head, it's time to replace the tire.

Increased puddling on the roadway can make vehicles susceptible to loss of traction, Cherveny said. A heavy downpour or thunderstorm dumps rain at the rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour, building a film of water up to 0.08 inch deep on the road.

Poor drainage leads to additional accumulation, a prime concern for road engineers, Cherveny said.

If the amount of water a tire must displace through tread grooves is greater than the capacity of the tire, excess water builds up in front of the moving tire. As water pressure mounts, the fluid acts as a wedge and literally lifts the tire off the road, similar to the bow of a speedboat lifting off the water.

Loss of traction on wet pavement is a potential driving dilemma year-round, but it doesn't have to be. When it rains, slow down, drive cautiously, steer and brake with a light touch and make sure you have adequate tread depth remai...

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Driving in the Rain Requires Added Skill and Care

By Bill Siuru, PhD, PE   

Here are some tips for safer wet weather driving. Naturally, cut your speed because visibility is decreased making it more difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles. Increase following distances since stopping distances is increased as much as two to three times on slick surfaces.

Slow down for puddles, if you cannot avoid them. You can lose control if you hit a deep puddle at too high a speed or stall the engine if you splash too much water into the engine compartment. If you have to drive through standing water, slow down, but do not brake suddenly. Turn on your windshield wipers and be prepared for loss of visibility. After driving through deep water, tap your brakes several times to dry them out after exiting the water. Then make a test stop. If the vehicle pulls to one side, pump the brakes to further dry them out. Do not resume speed until full braking power has been restored.

If you find yourself in a skid or are about to lose control, do not slam on the brakes. With anti-lock braking or ABS (found on most vehicles today) apply the brakes with steady, but firm pressure. When driving during heavy rain, try to use the center lanes of the highways and away from the curbs where deeper water can collect. However, make sure you do not cross the center line and into oncoming traffic.

Driving in the rain requires more concentration, so avoid distractions like tuning the radio, eating, talking on a cell phone, or engaging in heated discussions with passengers.

Turn on your lights, but not high beams since their reflections off rain drops can reduce visibility. And while they may not help your visibility, lights, especially ones in the rear will make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. Also turn on your defroster to keep windshield clear of moisture.

If you need to slow down, tap your brake pedal several times to flash your brake lights to alert motorists behind you. If you someone is following too close, tap your brakes, or if safe slow down further so the other driver will pass you.

Hydroplaning, when your front tires actually "surf" on a film of water, can make steering ineffective. Hydroplaning can depend on the condition of your tires and can occur at speeds as low as 35 mph especially if tires have little thread left. New tires with lots of thread to "pump" out water will resist hydroplaning, but will hydroplane if you are driving fast enough. Should you start hydroplaning, take your foot off the throttle, apply brakes gently and try to firmly steer straight ahead.

Wet roads place more demands on your tires, brakes, windshield wipers and lights, so make sure your vehicle is ready. Ensure your tires are properly inflated and in good condition. Both under-inflated and over-inflated tires can change the steering and handling characteristics of vehicles. The changes are magnified when driving on wet pavement to the point they can lead to loss of control....

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