When we think of hazardous roads, we normally think of winter road conditions from ice, snow, and sleet. But, a lot of times you actually have to look out for some dangerous conditions in spring months as well. As summer slowly approaches, there’s some things we need to be aware of when you’re going to be out there. Believe it or not, spring has already sprung. With the changing temperatures and recovering from a pretty brutal winter in most places, we have to pay attention to more hazards than usual.
5 Spring Driving Dangers to Avoid
1. Post-winter Potholes
After roads in the U.S. were constantly covered with salt, ice, and snow; the plows have ensued havoc on the road conditions. And just as the ice melts, there’s brand new potholes all over the place that can really do damage if you’re not careful. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and slow down on heavily bumpy roads.
2. Spring Showers/Flooding
You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers.” But they also bring danger to the road conditions. Heavy rain can cause some substantial visibility issues as well as greater risks of flooding. Also, the roads can get pretty slick—especially for the wheels on large trucks. Remember to reduce speed in instances of inclement weather.
3. Sharing the Road with More Bicycles/Motorcycles
The weather is just starting to become perfect for taking out the bikes that have been retired in the garage all winter. However, it can be risky to drive large trucks while sharing the road with more bicycles and motorcycles. Parallel parking and turning is way more dangerous with bikes passing by.
4. Animals are More Active
Critters are often running more rampant during the spring than in the winter. Whether they be emerging from hibernation or engaging in the typical mating season shenanigans, watch out for animals that surely don’t use the crosswalks. At dawn and dusk, watch out for deer in certain areas. When they get scared they often run and potentially could cause major accidents.
5. Hellacious Hail
In certain states (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming), hail is a major problem during the spring.
Ways to Keep Your Rig Safe for Spring:
- Check your wiper blades. Wiper-blades are the cheapest and easiest thing to replace so if yours are old, you might want to change them before the rainy season goes into full effect.
- Add more air to you tires. Winter can leave air pressure low and deflated tires don’t fair well on slippery roads. Added bonus: higher air pressure can help you get more MPG.
- Pay more attention. Whether you’re sharing the road with pedestrians or avoiding potholes, it’s very important to keep alert out there.
- Don’t be afraid to slow down when the weather is bad.
- Check all your lights are working properly.