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Spring Driving Tips

Spring is around the corner! And with it comes more things to watch out for while you’re on the road. Check out these tips for safer spring driving. 

 

  • Keep your car road-ready: 
    • Replace your windshield wipers if they are more than 6-12 months old, or if they are leaving streaks.  
    • Check your tire pressure. Air pressure is lost in cold weather. 
    • Inspect your tire treads to see if they have worn out over winter. 
  • Watch for potholes. After winter, potholes often emerge and rain can make them even more difficult to see. 
    • If you can avoid a pothole safely ahead of time, do so if possible. 
    • Can’t avoid it? Gently braking before driving over a pothole will help reduce damage. 
    • Never swerve suddenly to avoid a pothole; that’s how accidents happen.  
  • Drive around standing water. 
    • Avoid driving through puddles 6 inches or deeper to minimize the chance of damage to your engine. 
    • If you must drive through deep water, drive slowly and steadily to avoid water coming into your engine.
  • Slow down on slick roads. Roads are most slippery when it first begins to rain. 
    • Increase your following distance. 
    • Avoid using cruise control on wet roads. 
  • Use caution around construction zones. 
    • Watch for workers entering the roadway. 
    • Merge well in advance of a lane closure. 
    • Follow cars at a safe distance. 
  • Keep an eye out for little ones, pedestrians and bike traffic enjoying the spring weather.
    • Slow down in neighborhoods and share the road with bicyclists.

 

Sources: https://www.thesilverlining.com/westbendcares/blog/avoid-the-dangers-of-spring-driving-with-these-tips

http://trafficsafetyguy.com/7-driving-safety-tips-spring/

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/fhwasa03012/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-driving-through-standing-water-story.html

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