Seasonal Driving Dangers
As the seasons change, so do road conditions. While winter snow and ice generally prevail as far as challenging road conditions, spring also presents a variety of challenges that can affect your travel. Seasonal showers, migrating animals, and poor road conditions can create unpleasant complications out on the road. Use the tips below to your advantage and you’ll be that much more prepared for any seasonal driving dangers that come your way.
Spring Showers Bring May Flowers and Wet Pavement
What makes rain and wet pavement so dangerous? For one, driving in the rain reduces your car’s handling and increase the distance it takes to stop (up to 4 times normal stopping distance). Big puddles can also cut down on tire traction and could lead to hydroplaning.
Slow down on slick roads, and increase your following distance even when mist begins to fall. Keep in mind that even a small amount of water can mix with oil and road dust to create slippery conditions.
Be sure your vehicle is ready for rain by replacing your windshield wipers at least once a year. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
Avoid driving through large puddles, which can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid a puddle and find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off of the accelerator-do not brake.
Share the Road
Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out of hibernation and on the roads. More and more pedestrians have developed habits of texting, talking on cell phones and listening to music, so they can be unaware of the traffic around them. Be extra cautious around intersections and in residential communities.
Do not eat, drink, use your cell phone, text, or anything else that would cause you to take your eyes off the road while you are driving. Distracted Driving is the cause of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year.
Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Warmer weather can do a number on your tires. Hot weather causes the air inside your tires to expand, which can lead to a blowout in well-worn wheels. Check your tires on a regular basis during the warmer months, especially during heat waves. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
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