Three Common Spring Driving Pitfalls and How to Handle Them

driving in the rainSpring has arrived! Most of us have been waiting for this all winter, but there is some bad mixed in with the good.

While the weather outside is beginning to warm up, we can’t overlook the fact that there are some dangerous driving situations we encounter during these days. Potholes run amok, foggy mornings happen regularly, and we deal with wet roadways more often than other times of the year.

In order to protect yourself against spring’s driving hazards, we’ve prepared this list of common pitfalls and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

Three Spring Driving Issues and What to Do About Them

1. Potholes: All the constant freezing and thawing over the winter leaves gaping holes in the street. To combat these frustrating craters, make sure your tire pressure is up to snuff. Well-inflated tires fare better against potholes. If you see one in the road, try to straddle the hole or move out of the way. If you can’t avoid driving over the pothole, proceed slowly, but don’t brake directly over the hole, which can do more harm than good. Also, be wary of puddles. They could be potholes in hiding.

2. Fog: When cool night air collides with the warm ground, the result is foggy mornings.  Driving in fog requires heightened focus, so stay alert. You should also slow down so you have enough time to adjust the way you’re driving if an obstacle appears or traffic changes. Low, not high beams, are best for seeing the fog. Your high beams will reflect off of the tiny water droplets that make up the fog, rendering them useless. Your low beams will make you more visible to other drivers.

3. Rain: April showers bring May flowers! But before the flowers arrive, we need to live with lots of rain. Slow it down to keep your vehicle for hydroplaning, and remember that the roads are at their slickest when the rain has just started. That’s because the slippery oils from the street rise quickly to the surface. Keep your headlights on so other drivers can easily see you, and give the other drivers some more space. An extra 1-2 seconds will give you more reaction time.

Stay safe on the roads this spring!

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