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Springtime is finally here and with the warmer, sunnier days come the potential road hazards such as potholes and slick roads. You’re likely to encounter more pedestrians and bicyclists as well. Click here for tips on how to drive safely during this beautiful time of year.

Along with the warmer, sunnier days come the potential road hazards. Here are tips on how to drive safely during this beautiful time of year.

Spring Driving Tips

You might think that with the winter season behind you that roads will be clear and safer than ever. But you know the saying – April showers bring May flowers. With additional rain come the potential road hazards that go with it such as potholes, large puddles, and uneven roads. Spring is also when you’re likely to begin to encounter more roadside wildlife, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you travel, or reach out with any questions

Potholes

You’ve probably driven over many potholes over the course of your driving experiences. Most people cringe in the hopes they didn’t damage their tire. Potholes are caused by a variety of factors such as rain accumulation, freeze-thaw cycles, and general wear and tear. Depending on where you live, winter may bring rain, snow, or sleet. Spring generally offers warmer temperatures and more sunshine, which may mean the creation of new – or larger – potholes. Keep an eye out and try to prevent driving over these when possible. Some potholes are unavoidable and you should take care not to slam on your brakes while driving directly over.

Wet Roads and Puddles

Bad weather doesn’t always end when springtime begins. Some areas may receive high levels of precipitation this time of year, which can sometimes lead to flooding. Slippery conditions or large puddles can also be a result of spring weather. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, wet roads account for 73% of all weather-related crashes. Take your time and slow down if you encounter wet or slick roads. Allow yourself more time and distance for stopping. When available, choose the middle driving lane to avoid the pooling run off that tends to occur towards the outside of the road.

Share the Road

This goes for bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and even wildlife! Springtime often brings more activity all around – more people are out walking or riding bikes, animals become more active and may cross roads (particularly early in the morning and in the evening). Look twice for pedestrians or bicyclists before turning left or right. Double-check your blind spots before switching lanes in order to avoid a collision with a motorcyclist. Stay alert and remember that the roads are used by many, not just cars. Many of these potential road hazards can be avoided by paying close attention as you drive. Reducing distractions such as the radio or talking may help you concentrate on driving safely. Springtime may have its own set of potential road hazards but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the season! Did you find the article interesting? Find out more tips and general info about your tires today.

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