Spring Driving Tips
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring a new aspect to our driving conditions. As the weather makes the shift from winter to spring, so should our focus while driving. During the winter, we shared driving tips to help keep you and others safe. While winter is known for its treacherous driving conditions, the spring offers its own set of challenges. To help you with the transition, here are some spring driving tips.
- Check your lights: Since spring rain hinders driving visibility, make sure all your lights work, including headlights, taillights, backup lights, turn signals, parking lights, and brake lights.
- Replace your wiper blades: Worn-out wiper blades may not be up to the task of clearing water away from your windshield. Check your wiper blades and replace them if necessary (usually once a year).
- Check your tire pressure: Harsh winter weather can deflate your tires. Make sure you have enough air in them once spring rolls around. (As a bonus, proper tire pressure can also help you increase your mpg.)
- Slow down and drive carefully: The first few rainy days of spring can produce exceptionally slippery roads due to oil and other leaked fluids mixing with rainwater, so slow down and increase your stopping distance when it’s raining.
- Share the road: Bicycle and motorcycle riding increases as the weather gets better. Double check your blind spots before turning, passing or merging.
- Keep your eyes peeled for bad road conditions: Remember that harsh winter weather breeds potholes and other driving obstacles. Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment or worse, forcing you to buy a new wheel and a new tire.
- Construction ahead: Yep, we know but spring and summer is construction season. Slow down and give them room. Remember, they are doing a job just like you and me.
- Watch out for animals: This is especially important during the early morning and evening when animals are most active.
- Don’t drive distracted: Eliminating distractions inside the car will better help you to handle everything that’s happening outside the car.
- Have a roadside emergency kit: Include roadside flares (1-2), jumper cables, a flashlight with fresh batteries, paper towels, extra washer fluid, antifreeze and a small first aid kit.
Using these spring driving tips will help keep you and others on the road safe.