Now that spring has arrived, everyone is looking forward to warmer weather
and longer days. With the inclement weather of winter behind us, this
season also means no more sleek and slippery roads.
Although most drivers believe that spring is associated with safer driving
conditions, this time of year actually brings other hazards that drivers
need to be aware of. It’s imperative to understand the driving conditions
associated with spring to avoid being involved in a
The following are the common driving dangers of spring:
Spring showers – When it starts the rain, the roads will be more slippery than
any other time since the rainwater mixes with oil, grease, and other contaminants.
This could reduce tire traction and result in hydroplaning. If your driving
while it’s raining, maintain a slower speed than usual and increase
the distance of the vehicles in front of you for proper braking.
Potholes – The inclement winter weather can do some damage on the roadways,
creating potholes of all sizes. When it’s raining, these potholes
are filled with water, making them hard to detect. Driving over a pothole
at high speeds can result in expensive repairs to your vehicle. When you
encounter a pothole on the road, gently brake prior to driving over it.
Do not swerve into the other lane to avoid a pothole.
Sun glare – Your vision is jeopardized when the sun hits your eyes, making
it difficult to maneuver and anticipate road conditions. Minimize sun
glare by wearing sunglasses—in addition to using your vehicle’s
sun visor—and drive more carefully when the sun’s out.
Increase in motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians – With an increase in temperature comes an increase of more people
outside, either riding their motorcycles or bicycles, or just simply walking.
Due to the size and speed of motorcycles and even bicycles, a lack of
attention to your surroundings can result in inadvertently striking a
biker or cyclist. If you’re not driving carefully through neighborhoods
and busy city streets, you could easily hit a pedestrian. Remember motorcyclists,
bicyclists, and pedestrians do not have the same amount of protection
compared to motor vehicles, leading to catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Increase in animal activity – From emerging from hibernation to entering mating season, spring
is an extremely active time for animals. An increase in animal activity
may result in more animals crossing the street and roaming through neighborhoods.
Keep an eye out for furry critters on the road and near the roadways,
and remain patient until they cross safely.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by negligence in Fort
contact our experienced personal injury lawyer at the
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