You and your car have made it through the winter, without an accident or any big issues. Now that spring is here, you can breathe a sigh of relief and relax, right? Not so fast. While the weather is generally much better in spring than in winter, it brings with it its own set of roadside hazards. You’ll want to be as cautious and alert on the road this spring as you were in the winter.
The snow might be long gone, but the damage it left behind is likely to linger, as road crews work to fill in potholes and fix cracks in the road. Since you can’t always avoid them, there are a few things you do to minimize the damage caused by potholes. One thing is to drive slowly. Another is to keep your car’s tires inflated at the pressure that’s recommended. A properly inflated set of tires can reduce the amount of damage your car suffers or can keep the tire from blowing out. You might also want to take the time to review your auto insurance policy. Many do cover pothole damage. If yours doesn’t, now’s a great time to compare quotes and find one that does.
April Showers Bring May . . .
Rain makes the roads less safe in a number of ways. For one thing, your visibility decreases during a rainstorm, especially if it’s a heavy downpour or if there’s enough water on the roadways that other drivers splash your windshield. Rain also increases your risk for hydroplaning, or skidding on the surface of the water. If you’re on the road and it’s raining, there are three things you need to do: turn on your headlights, turn on your wipers, and slow down. If you want to avoid hydroplaning, it’s best to avoid driving right at the beginning of a rain shower, as that’s when the roads are the most slippery. Should you feel your car start to skid or hydroplane, go easy on the brakes. Instead, brake slowly. Keeping your tires inflated to the right pressure will reduce the chance of hydroplaning, too.
More Activity on the Roads
As the weather warms up, people tend to go out more and more. That means there won’t only be more drivers out there, but more cyclists, pedestrians and road crews. If you see a cyclist ahead of you, give him or her a wide berth. Slow down in areas where there’s road work, and always follow the instructions of the flaggers or other people working.
Staying safe on the roads doesn’t only mean driving with care. It also means making sure your insurance policy offers you adequate protection. A new season is a great time to review your policy or to see if there is a better one out there for you.