Spring is a great time to get back outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve missed during the winter season. However, springtime comes increased risks to be mindful of while driving. Here are five things to keep an eye out for while traveling this spring.
- Critter activity: Animals are much more active in the spring than in the winter, meaning more animals will be crossing streets and strolling along highway shoulders. Keep an eye out for deer in early morning or dusk when they are most active. In addition, be on the lookout for smaller animals. Although they won’t damage your truck, your truck will most definitely damage them.
- Increase in cyclists: As soon as the last snow melts, bikers will be out in full force. Driving alongside cyclists can make many maneuvers more dangerous. Be especially conscious when making a right-hand turn if you know cyclists are on the road. It is hard to see them from your vantage point up in your truck, so be hyper-aware.
- Potholes: In many provinces and states, winter weather severely damages roads. Salt, sand, snowplows and ice can all leave roads torn and disheveled. Watch out for potholes and uneven pavement. They can really damage your shocks and suspension.
- Rain: Slippery, flooded roads reduce a vehicle’s handling and increases the distance it takes to stop, which can be up to four or five times normal stopping distance. Large puddles and excess water can also limit tire traction, which can cause your truck to hydroplane. Additionally, leaked oil and other fluids when mixed with rainwater can cause unusually slippery driving conditions.
- Hailstorms: If driving through U.S. hail-belt states – Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri – be extra cautious of hailstorms. Even the small hailstones can shatter your windshield. Hail also limits driving visibility and can make roads slippery.
Make sure your truck is ready to hit the road this spring. Schedule an appointment with your local MHC dealer today so you can keep yourself and your truck safe.