Now that snow and ice have finally melted, and nicer weather has arrived – that means spring is in the air! This season brings more sunshine, blooming flowers, and longer days. But despite the favorable weather conditions of the spring season compared to the winter, we must still be mindful of certain driving hazards associated with this time of year.
The following are some of the most common driving dangers during springtime:
Rain – While spring showers are a sign of renewal, this type of weather can create slick roads and reduce visibility while behind the wheel. To avoid being involved in a car accident, ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition, always drive slowly and brake gradually to avoid hydroplaning, use headlights so that other drivers can see you, and give yourself plenty of space to react to road conditions.
Sun glare – While many people enjoy a sunny day while driving, sun glare can temporarily blind drivers and lead to a collision. Sun glare is the most prominent during sunrise and sunset since the sun is low on the horizon and directly in the drivers’ line of sight. Always have a pair of polarized sunglasses in your car and keep your windshield clean to reduce the chances of being involved in an accident caused by sun glare.
More motorcyclists and bicyclists on the road – Bikers and cyclists tend to hit the road because of the favorable weather conditions spring has to offer, which increases traffic and makes the roads more hazardous for other drivers. Since motorcycles and bicycles are small and have a reduced profile compared to cars and trucks, they can be difficult to see while driving. To avoid being in a crash with a motorcyclist or cyclist always be attentive to your surroundings, check your blind spots and mirrors before switching lanes or turning, and avoid distractions at all costs.
More children playing outside – When spring arrives, most children cannot wait to get outside and play, whether in the front yard or in a park. If you are driving through a residential neighborhood, keep your eye out for children since they do not always pay attention to their surroundings. Since an errant ball can cross the road, be prepared for any children darting into the roadway.
Increased wildlife activity – Springtime means many animals come out of hibernation. In search of food, many animals may cross the roads, especially during dawn and dusk. If you’re driving in wooded areas, be mindful of any animals on the road and wildlife crossing signs.
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