It may seem obvious to drive cautiously in the winter, but did you know it is just as important to do so during the other seasons as well? Any time of year brings driving challenges you need to be aware of.
Texas may not have the same drastic seasonal changes as the northern parts of the U.S., but that does not mean spring weather and road conditions do not present dangers while driving. You still need to know of potential risks while on the road. Watch out for these spring hazards to have a safer drive.
With spring comes thunderstorms that can dump high amounts of rainfall at once and lead to flooding. Hail is also a possibility. These weather conditions lead to slippery roads, poor visibility and a higher likelihood of getting in an accident. Prepare for these hazards by:
- Replacing worn tires and wiper blades
- Ensuring that all your lights work
- Slowing down your speed
- Increasing your distance between other vehicles
- Staying aware of flood warnings
- Not driving through flooded areas
As you drive, remember that your car does not maneuver as quickly in the rain because it is harder for your tires to grip the road. For this reason, you should also avoid using cruise control.
The change in seasons and temperatures causes damage to the roads, such as cracks and potholes. Pay attention to highway conditions so you can stay away from these hazards. They can damage your car or cause an accident, especially when combined with rain. Also, avoid distractions that take your eyes and focus away from the road.
One of the most wonderful parts of spring is the return of plant and animal life. This also means various critters wandering into your vehicle’s path as they search for food. Do not veer out of the way of small animals and be especially cautious of deer crossing.
With these simple precautionary measures, you can have a safer ride. If another driver does not follow these tips and crashes into you, leading to an injury, consult a personal injury attorney for guidance on what to do.