Spring has arrived, and with it a whole new set of elements to keep top of mind while on the road. Here are five areas to refresh your focus:
Spring is the season of warmth and growth, but it’s not without the occasional rainstorm. It’s always a good idea to keep your headlights on when driving in the rain — some states go so far as enforcing this practice through law. Having headlights on increases visibility and can help prevent accidents. It’s also a good idea to allow yourself extra time to reach your destination in the event of rain.
Puddles and Potholes
Be wary of puddles in or beside the roadway. It’s best to avoid driving through puddles, because the water can damage and degrade different parts of your vehicle. If there is no safe alternative route around the puddle, leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles, drive slowly and use both hands on the steering wheel to avoid losing control.
Heavy rain wears down the roads, creating potholes. If you can’t avoid driving around them, exercise the same cautions that you would with puddles. Keep away from other vehicles, drive slowly and maintain control of your vehicle. If you come across one that is too big or dangerous to avoid, your best bet may be to turn around and find an alternative route.
Sunny days are ahead. Sun glare can temporarily blind drivers, creating huge risk on the road. Temporary blindness never mixes well with operating motor vehicles. The best way to avoid these rays is being prepared. Sunglasses are a convenient way to reduce the intensity of the sun. Some drivers prefer hats or visors to keep their eyes shaded. It’s always a good idea to keep a hat or sunglasses in your vehicle in case you end up driving against the sun.
Motorcyclists and Bicyclists
Situational awareness on the road is crucial as more bicyclists and motorcyclists begin to share the road in warmer months. Use all of your mirrors and always look over your shoulder before turning or switching lanes, as well as using your blinker. If you do end up behind a bicyclist and there isn’t a safe way to pass, be patient. It’s better to arrive late to your destination than not arrive at all.
Spring is considered a peak high-risk time for wildlife-vehicle collisions. Drive at safe speeds and practice defensive driving techniques. Be especially wary during sunrise and sunset, which is when larger animals like deer and moose tend to roam around. When driving at night, use high beams to better illuminate the road. The extra light can help spot animals quicker, making it easier and safer to properly react.
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