Winter came to an end and the weather is a little better. You’d think the roads would be safe again but there are plenty of spring driving dangers. We have some tips that can help get you and your car safely to summer. But first, let’s take a look at why spring driving is so dangerous.
Causes Of Spring Driving Dangers
Slippery Road Conditions and Flooding
According to the Federal Highway Administration, spring rain was responsible for 46% of road accidents from 2002- 2012. Wet pavements on the other hand accounted for 74% of weather related accidents. So why does rain make spring driving dangerous? For starters, it increases the distance it takes to stop and it reduces your car’s handling. Traction on your tires can also be significantly reduced by big puddles and could lead to hydroplaning.
If you live in an area that’s particularly affected by hail storms like Missouri, Kansas, Colorado or Wyoming then you are at an increased risk of getting into an accident. Here’s why:
If it rains balls of ice, the roads aren’t that good for you or anyone for that matter. Moreover, hailstones can shatter wind shields.
Wear And Tear
Winter wreaks havoc on roads in many states. Sand, salt, ice and the aftermath of ice can cause significant wear and tear on the roads. Once the snow melts away, you should expect to see new potholes.
Increased Animal Activity
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