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Why Driving in the Spring Can Be Dangerous


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 car accident.

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 Worth, TX, contact our experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of James M. Stanley and schedule a free consultation today.

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