Spring Driving Hazards
While the dangers of winter driving may be behind us, Spring driving can also pose hazardous situations. Here are some common dangers to pay attention to and tips to keep your family safe on the roads this Spring.
Spring brings rain, thunderstorms, and a chance of tornadoes. Avoid driving in rain, storm watches, and storm warnings, if possible. Slow down when rain hits and increase the space between your vehicle and the one in front of you to allow for proper breaking. When it is raining, always turn on your headlights, wipers, and defroster to increase visibility.
If there is a tornado warning in your area when you are driving, get out of your vehicle and seek shelter immediately. If there is not a safe shelter space nearby, lie in a ditch and place your arms over your head.
The longer days mean more sunlight. While brighter evenings may be a nice change, the sun glare can be a serious concern for drivers. Try to avoid driving during sunrise and sunset when the sun is low on the horizon. Always keep polarized sunglasses in your car.
Winter weather takes a toll on our roads, leaving large potholes long after the weather thaws. The deep holes in the road cause significant, expensive damage to cars and contribute to accidents. Damage can include popped tires, bent rims, and damage to the suspension or alignment.
Heavy rain can fill potholes, making them difficult to see. It is important to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you in case the driver reacts to the pothole. Swerving to avoid a pothole or slamming your breaks can put you in a more dangerous situation. If possible, gently break before you reach the pothole to slow down and reduce the impact it may have.
Construction crews are hard at work repairing the roads. Be attentive in construction zones and always slow down. Construction workers and equipment may suddenly enter the road. Slowing down can save a life. Traffic patterns may change often until the project is complete, so always move cautiously, following all signs.
Motorcyclists, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians
Motorcyclists and bicyclists are more difficult to see compared to cars and trucks. Always be aware of your surroundings, checking several times before changing lanes or turning. They may come in and out of your blind spots quickly. Keep a safe distance from motorcyclists and bicyclists.
As more families are playing and walking outside, it is as important as ever to slow down in neighborhoods and pay extra attention at crosswalks.
Increased Wildlife Activity
Animals are on the move in the Spring. Use extreme caution driving in wooded areas or around ponds and lakes. Keep in mind that many animals, including deer, are more active during dawn and dusk.
Spring is a great time to get out of the house and hit the open road for some fresh air, sunshine, and a change of scenery. It’s important to IBA that we deliver the coverages necessary to protect you and your family should an accident occur. Please contact us to review your current policy to ensure you are protected on the winding road of life. Keep these driving tips in mind and safe travels this Spring!