Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s no surprise that more people will be on the road! Although we no longer have to deal with icy road conditions, there are still a few things we should still keep our eyes out for a while driving. Here are some safety tips to follow to reduce your chances of getting into an accident this spring season.
1. Watch Out For Heavy Rain
April is known for its abundance of rain, which is excellent for gardening but not so much for driving. If you plan on getting on the road in the rain, make sure to take the same precautions you would on a snowy day. Stick to the middle lane, keep your speed at a safe level, and increase the distance between you and the car ahead.
2. Check Your Tires
After prolonged use, tires lose their tread, causing a lack of traction. Not only is this unsafe, but conditions will worsen with rainy weather. We recommend doing the penny test to check the tread on your tires—if you can see Lincoln’s head, it’s time to head to your local tire shop.
3. Update Your Windshield Wipers
Heavy snow and ice can wear down your windshield wipers, which is why you should check on them regularly. Most windshield wiper manufacturers recommend replacing your wipers every six to 12 months. If it’s been some time since you last changed them, try to get them updated before the April showers begin!
4. Look Out For Potholes
Potholes are pretty common in the spring, especially in snowy and icy areas. Drive down older roads with caution, and slow down if you encounter a pothole. Try not to brake hard as it can cause the tire to slam into the edge of the pothole, potentially causing a popped tire.
5. Share The Road
Everyone deserves to enjoy the weather safely. Make sure to share the road with cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians this spring season. Pedestrian accidents tend to be on the rise in the spring, so you must drive with caution to keep your neighbors safe.
Drivers owe a duty of care to others sharing the same road, whether it’s another driver or pedestrian. Unfortunately, some drivers breach their duty, resulting in another person’s injuries or even death. If another driver has negligently hit you, give our firm a call today. We can make sure you receive the compensation you need to restore your health back to normal.
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