You are already aware of the fact that wintertime is known for the most hazardous driving conditions. Now the auto insurance industry is telling you about the dangers of spring. Why? It seems like the season of rejuvenation has its own set of liability risk exposures to deal with as the rain falls and animals awaken form their hibernating slumbers, becoming potential collision targets.
Brush up on your auto and truck skills by reviewing this general safe driving list.
The Eleven steps to Driving Safer in the Spring Time
1. Review your auto policy with an experienced independent agent to make sure your coverage is tailored to your needs.
2. Take good care of your vehicle.
Take advantage of spring’s milder weather conditions to bring your car in for an auto shop check. Have your mechanic assess your fluid level, tire pressure, and suspension and brake systems so that you can drive with peace of mind.
3. Beware of any pedestrian
Spring is the season beckoning us out. It’s when folks actually want to get out of the home and walk. This is certainly the time when drivers need to be more alert than ever for pedestrians crossing their paths.
4. Look out for construction projects
Following winter’s harsh conditions, there are potholes and other road problems that need fixing. Construction repairs are in high swing. Drive slowly and be mindful of street and traffic snarls as you approach work areas.
5. Be wary of motorcycles
Just as it does for the walkers, spring’s freshness calls out to the motorcycle riders to take their ‘road toys’ out for a spin. Be courteous as you make room for the motorcyclists – especially at road crossings and when you pass or merge.
6. Practice sharing road space
Let bike riders have their space as well. The biker usually shares identical privileges as vehicle drivers.
7. Ready yourself for the storms
Research how to drive well during the type of storms that spring brings to your neck of the woods, such as tornadoes, flash floods, and wind and hail conditions.
8. Be prepared to find a sheltered spot
It really is difficult to precisely predict weather during this season. If threatening climate conditions catch you in your vehicle, seek a temporary parking haven until the risky driving situation has passed.
9. Asses the road for ice
In the beginning of the spring time, you may still encounter ice on the roads. Avoid exposure to slippery conditions by driving slower and at a greater distance behind the car in front of you.
10. Watch out for wildlife
Forest animals come out now so drive slower, enabling yourself the time to stop suddenly if wildlife gets in your way.
11. Practice safe driving techniques
Prepare in advance of extended driving times to stop at different locations, and to alternate operation of the vehicle between drivers.