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
Spring is the season when animals are most active. Some animals mate during this season and others emerge from hibernation. You should expect to encounter more animals on the roads. Most of them will be especially active at dusk or dawn.
Bicycle And Motorcycle Riders Will Be More Active
After many months of keeping their bikes and motorcycles parked away, many riders are now coming out of hibernation. You’ve probably been driving around all winter without spotting any of them but now you have to be more careful when making traffic maneuvers.
Spring Driving Tips
Poor road conditions, migrating animals and rain can make driving on the road very dangerous. But if you use the tips below, you’ll be much more prepared for any dangers that might come your way.
Watch Out For Bad Road Conditions
As mentioned earlier, the road has undergone significant wear and tear during winter so the roads are probably in poor condition. So watch out for any obstacles on the road or new potholes.
The roads can be really slippery during the first few rainy days of spring. The roads can be very slippery due to oil and other fluids mixing with the rain water. Slow down when it’s raining.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Animals
Animals are mostly active during dusk and dawn so if you drive during these times, watch out for them.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Make sure you have enough air in your tires at all times. Not only is this good for your rims but it will increase traction especially in slippery situations.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
Old and worn out wiper blades will not efficiently clear water away from your windshield. Your wiper blades should be replaced at least once a year.
Check Your Lights
Check all your lights including brake lights, parking lights, turn signals, backup lights, tail lights, and headlights.
How To Maintain Your Car This Spring
Without a doubt, winter was brutal on your car. You probably faced snow storms, potholes and below zero temperatures. These were obviously unsuitable conditions for all types of cars. Spring is obviously the best time to wash away winter sludge and tune up your ride. Below are five spring car maintenance tips.
1. Remove Leftover Salt
We normally use salt on the roads to melt ice and snow. This salt can cause significant damage to your car especially on the undercarriage where the metal can rust. Take your car to a car wash where they have sprayers that can efficiently clean the undercarriage.
2. Check Suspension and Alignment
Your car’s suspension and alignment can get damaged when you drive over potholes. If you notice the steering wheel vibrates as you drive or your car pulls to one side, then you have a problem. An alignment check doesn’t cost that much. Probably around $25-$40.
3. Check Your Fluids And Change Your Oil
If the last time you changed your oil was before winter, this is the right time to change it again. It’s also the right time to flush your transmission fluid. This might seem like an obvious tip but you’d be surprised how much people overlook it. Neglecting your transmission can cost you approximately $2, 200-$4, 200.
It’s recommended that you change your car oil after every 3000-5000 miles. Don’t forget to check your cooling system fluids, as well as your brake and window washing fluid levels.
4. Check Air Pressure And Rotate Your Tires
Check your tire pressure including that of your spare tires. The pressure of your car tire affects your car traction and handling. It’s recommended that you rotate your tires after every 5, 000 miles. Tires aren’t cheap and they can cost you anything from $500 to $600 to replace all four of them. The biggest issue many car owners have is their front tires wearing out prematurely.
5. Inspect Your Brakes
One of the most important things that should be functioning properly in your car is your brakes. Hire a technician to check out the rotors and the pads to ensure there are no safety issues. If you neglect them now, you might have to pay for costlier repairs down the road.
Hiring A Car Accident Lawyer
So what happens if you take into consideration all the above safety tips but still get into an accident? There are laws governing the safe driving of vehicles every day. These laws are obviously there to prevent road accidents but there are some people who prefer to break them.
If you have been in an accident due to somebody else’s negligence, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Car accidents can lead to some serious injuries. This results in unexpected hospital bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
You don’t need to suffer alone. Call Kevin P Landry Offices today at (800)200 7752 for a free initial consultation.