6 Spring Driving Hazards to Pay Attention To
With winter now in the rearview mirror, we’re excited to finally have longer days and warmer temperatures on the horizon. Along with these added perks, there are a few hazards on the road that we must be aware of with the arrival of the spring season. From potholes to the return of wildlife, it’s important to be extra cautious behind the wheel in the months ahead.
Before you head out on the road, our team at Bearingstar put together six potential hazards to be mindful of:
1.Pay attention to construction zones.
This time of year, workers start repairing roadways and sidewalks. When you’re driving through or approaching a work zone, be sure to slow down and abide by the speed limit and stay in your lane. Also, it’s important to keep an eye out for traffic cones, hazard signs, and any debris that may have landed in your lane of traffic.
2.Be on the lookout for potholes and animals.
Snow, ice, rain, and fluctuating temperatures cause cracks in the roads each winter. Under the weight of vehicles above, these cracks become potholes come springtime and can be incredibly damaging to your vehicle. From popped tires to rim damage, misaligned steering, and other harms to the body of your vehicle, you could end up with a costly trip to the repair shop if you’re not careful. Keep an eye on the road ahead and safely avoid the potholes when you can or slow down if you can’t get around them. In addition to potholes, there is also a rise in the number of animals running across the road now that winter has ended, so it is important to be mindful of them as well.
3.Slow down for pedestrians and cyclists.
Fresh air and sunshine are some of the biggest draws to get people outside for an afternoon walk or bike ride. This time of year, everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy the warm weather around your neighborhood. As a driver, it’s your responsibility to look out for them and keep a safe distance.
4.Check the weather.
April showers do bring May flowers, but also limited visibility on the road. Before you head out, make sure there are no major storms headed your way that could cause slick roads and poor visibility. If you do find yourself caught in a rainstorm, find a safe place to pull over until you can clearly see the road and vehicles ahead.
5.Share the road with motorcycles.
Motorcycles can be difficult to see in your side and rearview mirrors. As they return to the road in the coming weeks, be extra mindful of their presence and allow enough space between your vehicle and them (4 seconds behind is recommended) to ensure you have enough reaction time should one of you stop abruptly.
6.Inspect your tires.
Changes in temperatures can lead to reduced tire pressure and cause them to be underinflated. You can find the appropriate tire pressure for your vehicle in your owners’ manual and your local gas station should have air pumps available to use should they need more air. With more construction on the roadways, you are also more susceptible to picking up a nail so it’s important to check for those as well.
We hope this checklist helps keep you, your family, and others safe on the road this spring. To learn more about your current auto, motorcycle, or home policy options, contact your local Bearingstar agent for a policy review today.