Rain Tires Oskaloosa IA

Local resource for rain tires in Oskaloosa, IA. 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.

Klyns Tire Service
618 A Avenue W
Osklaoosa, IA
Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Wal-Mart Store 1393
(641) 673-3839
2203 A Avenue West
Oskaloosa, IA
 
Clark Tire Company Inc
(641) 672-2593
201 A Ave W
Oskaloosa, IA
Services
Government Sales Deliveries,Participates In Goodyear National Promotions,Services National Account Customers

Riverside Auto Parts & Repair
(640) 969-4301
301 Walnut St
Eddyville, IA
 
Midtown Tire
109 E Oskaloosa Street
Pella, IA
Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Wal-Mart
(641) 673-3839
2203 Avenue A W
Oskaloosa, IA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-6:00PM,

Clark Tire Co.
(641) 672-2593
201 A Ave W
Oskaloosa, IA
 
Slagter Tire & Alignment
(641) 673-0830
2687 Highway 63
Oskaloosa, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Stc Tire & Exhaust
(641) 628-3153
815 W 10th St
Pella, IA
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Hungry Dutchman Tire Co Inc
(641) 628-1801
115 Se 14th St
Pella, IA
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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