Spring Driving Tips
Spring is a time of renewal, which is especially refreshing following the cold winter months. As daylight hours extend and things warm up, most people are eager to get out and about. But while the change in the season can make people feel relaxed and carefree, it is important not to get too laid back on the road.
Winter is undoubtedly the most dangerous season for driving, but spring has its challenges as well. Here, car accident lawyers at the Foley Law Firm offer some spring driving tips that can help individuals in Scranton, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and surrounding areas enjoy traveling in the warmer weather, while minimizing the risk of a collision.
Be on the Lookout for Ice
Spring brings about more hours of sunshine and warmer temperatures, but drivers should not let their winter guards down. It can take many weeks for all the snow and ice patches left by winter to completely melt. To avoid losing traction on an icy patch of road, people should drive as if there could still be ice anywhere. This means maintaining slower speeds (especially around turns or corners), keeping ample distance between your vehicle and others, and approaching intersections with caution.
Watch for Sand and Salt
Ice is not the only thing that can pose a hazard on the road for spring drivers. Often there is sand and/or salt leftover from the winter. Sand and salt help melt snow and ice, and enhance traction on slick roads. However, once the ice and snow are gone, sand and salt can actually diminish traction. If drivers see salt or sand they should slow down to maintain their grip with the road.
Be Prepared for Potholes
Another unfortunate consequence of the harsh winter conditions that proceed spring is potholes. Potholes vary in size. While some are easy to maneuver, others are large enough to damage a vehicle or cause the driver to lose control, if they aren’t careful. Whenever possible, the safest thing to do is drive around potholes. However, if potholes cannot be avoided, drivers should reduce their speed as they approach the pothole, and then release the brake as they drive over the pothole.
Drive Cautiously in the Rain
Spring is known for warm, sunny days, but this season often brings a lot of rain as well. Rainy conditions are a big hazard for unprepared or inexperienced drivers. Even when rain is light, it can combine with oils on the road to create very slick conditions. Whether rain is light or heavy, drivers should reduce their speed, increase the distance between other vehicles, use windshield wipers, and turn on the car headlights to increase their own vehicle visibility.
Check Your Surroundings
It is important that drivers are always aware of their surroundings. This, of course, includes other vehicles on the road, but also people and animals that may be just off the road. During the spring people are likely to be out walking, jogging, or bike riding. Animals are also more active in the spring. Whenever pedestrians or animals are nearby, drivers should reduce their speed and be prepared to stop, if necessary.
Perform Some Vehicle Maintenance
Many people are motivated to spring clean and get their household in order at this time of year. Spring cleaning should not be limited to the house. Take the time to perform some vehicle maintenance as well. The winter can take its toll on a car’s windshield wipers, brakes, and tires. We recommend scheduling an inspection and doing any necessary upkeep to ensure your vehicle is ready for the spring and summer months.
Contact Foley Law Firm
Even with the best driving practices, car accidents can occur. If you’ve been injured in a collision, the lawyers at the Foley Law Firm can help you explore your right to financial compensation. To discuss the details of your accident, send us a message online, or call our law firm at (800) 523-6539.