Springtime is just around the corner, which means warmer weather and random rain showers. While it’s easy to get distracted by a nice day, it’s important to know that the sporadic weather changes can also cause road hazards. So, enjoy your spring drive in nice weather or in the rain by making sure you’re prepared in advance.
As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” But, what isn’t mentioned in the rhyme is that April showers also bring dangerous driving conditions. It’s important to remember that the roads will be slippery during and after the rain, which means you need to increase your following distance and drive slower than normal. Check your windshield wipers for any wear and tear during the winter and don’t forget to turn on your headlights!
Even though the sun comes out after a rainfall, large puddles will be scattered on the road as a result. Driving through these puddles can cause hydroplaning and damage to your brakes, which may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. These puddles can also create temporary vision impairment when the water splashes on your windshield. If possible, avoid puddles all together and refrain from braking if you are forced to drive through them.
The constant weather fluctuations that occur during the Spring cause potholes to form on the road. Driving over a pothole can seriously damage your car by throwing it out of alignment or ruining your tires. It’s best to avoid driving over them all together. But if a pothole is unavoidable, try to slow down before approaching it. Do not hit your brake when driving over the pothole. A rolling tire will incur less damage than a skidding tire.
Pedestrians and bicyclists tend to take advantage of the nicer weather by going on bike rides and taking walks. Make sure you are sharing the road as the weather gets warmer by checking your blind spot before changing lanes. You should also be extra careful when driving by parks and schools, as children will be out playing and enjoying the sunshine too!
Similar to pedestrians, animals are very active during the Spring. Many are emerging from hibernation and scurrying across streets looking for food. To avoid our furry friends, constantly scan the road ahead and for any wildlife that may have wondered onto the road.
Although seeing the sun for the first time after a long Winter can be exhilarating, it’s always smart to drive safely and to be on alert for any potential hazard that the Spring may bring.