The dangers of winter driving are well known but spring has its own set of unique challenges.
With warmer, longer days ahead, it’s easy to take springtime driving for granted. Take a moment to remind yourself (and others!) about the unique challenges drivers face in spring.
SPRING DRIVING REMINDERS
- Avoid Potholes
The expansion and contraction of ground water beneath the pavement commonly creates potholes. If it’s safe to do so, avoid driving over potholes as they can cause damage to your vehicle—ranging from knocking your car out of alignment to leaving you in need of roadside assistance.
- Watch for Animals
As animals become more active during the warmer weather, it’s important to stay alert. Pay special attention around dawn and dusk, and slow down to a speed where you can stop safely if needed.
- Replace Wiper Blades
Wiper blades are key to vision, and they’re easily overlooked. Over time, the rubber on your wiper blades can crack or harden, preventing them from sealing against the glass to smoothly clean it. Wiper blades are essential during wet weather, but they should be in good working order year-round.
- Share the Road
As the weather gets nicer, you can expect to see more people walking and riding bikes and motorcycles. Make sure to slow down and share the road with walkers and cyclists, and keep an eye out for motorcycles when merging, passing, turning, and approaching intersections.
- Watch for Work Zones
Springtime means construction crews will be out in force. Obey posted speed limits in work zones, pay attention to signs and flagger instructions, and take your time. Leave enough space so you can react to anything unexpected, such as construction vehicles or other drivers entering your lane suddenly.
- Wear Sunglasses
Longer days mean brighter drives. Not only do sunglasses protect against glare, they also prevent bright reflections from distracting and interfering with your sight.
By being aware of the driving hazards associated with the spring season and by knowing how to navigate them, you can reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.