Warmer weather gets most people out of the house and behind the wheel. Some even look at taking road trips during this time. However, just because the weather is nicer, it doesn’t mean it is completely safe to drive. Take precautions and use these 8 driving tips for spring.
Be on the lookout for animals
Many animals love the warmer weather too. Stay alert and watch for animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more, that may be trying to cross the road. In areas where there are deer, slow down on curves and use your high beams to see when there are no other cars on the road. Deer are most usually seen around dawn and dusk. Though, they can be present at any time of day.
Check the tires on your car
Worn tread can increase your risk of having an accident from sliding. You can use the penny test to check. Put a penny in the groove of your tire and if you can see Lincoln’s head, it’s time for some new tires.
Make sure windshield wipers are working properly
It’s best to replace wipers as needed. Harsh winters can wear down wipers faster. Check to see if the rubber on your windshield wipers is still intact. Have you noticed any streaking when using them? This is another sign that it may be time to replace them.
Slow down or pull over for heavy rain
Spring can bring excessive showers. Heavy rain can prevent you and other drivers on the road from driving safely. If it is too difficult to steer or see, it may be best to find a safe place to pull over and wait for the rain to pass.
Water tends to pool on the edges of the road. For lighter rain showers, avoid hydroplaning by driving in the middle lane if there is one.
Watch for potholes
Ice and snow from the winter can cause dangerous potholes in the spring. Hitting a pothole can cause bent rims and punctured tires. What’s worse is that rain can fill them, making them extremely hard to see while driving. Stay as focused as possible to avoid them.
Share the road
If you are driving in a car, be courteous to those on motorcycles and share the road. Be sure to use your turning signal and check your blind spots frequently. Also, keep a safe following distance in case an immediate stop needs to be made.
Pay attention to pedestrians
With the warmer weather, more people will be out and about, even on foot. Watch for pedestrians crossing the street and be mindful of children when driving through neighborhoods.
Stay alert in construction zones
In construction zones, workers and equipment may be on or near the road. Be aware of your surroundings and drive slow to stay safe.
Enjoy the springtime, but drive defensively. If you have been in a car accident and need the services of an experienced attorney, call the law firm of Attorney Dean Boyd. Our Team has the knowledge and skills to get you the compensation you deserve. You can reach us at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email.