When we think of hazardous roads, we normally think of winter road conditions such as ice, snow, and sleet. However, don’t underestimate the dangers you may find during other seasons. For example, you actually have to look out for some dangerous conditions in spring months as well. As winter leaves us and summer slowly approaches, there are a few things truck drivers should be aware of when they are driving. More things can spring up besides flowers, new leaves, and allergies. Here are five spring driving tips that will help keep you safe on the road.
Spring Driving Tips | 5 Dangers to Avoid on the Road This Spring
1. Post-winter Potholes
Spring driving tip number one… keep an eye out for those potholes. After winter of snow, ice, and salt, the roads typically experience a certain level of damage from the snow plows coming through. In the spring you may notice that the roads seem more rough than usual. Pot holes can make for a bumpy ride and increase your risk of damaging your rig.
2. Spring Showers and Flooding
You know what they say: “April showers bring May flowers.” Let’s face it. It rains a lot in the spring and this can also lead to dangerous 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. Flooding can force you into new route and make you late for deliveries. It’s definitely a good idea to keep an eye on the weather where ever you’re heading in the spring.
3. Sharing the Road with More Bicycles and Motorcycles
When the weather gets nice, more and more people are hopping on two wheels instead of four. Although it is great to see all of the motorcycles hitting the highway again, or people pedaling on bicycles on the back roads, this this is just one more thing you have to keep an eye out for as a truck driver. Sharing the road with more bicycles and motorcycles can be risky when you are in a big truck, because it is harder for you to see them. Street parking and turning is way more dangerous with bikes passing by, so remember to watch out for them.
4. Animals are More Active
And the fourth on our list of spring driving tips… animals. Keep in mind that just like people are out more in the spring, critters are also running more rampant in warm weather than they are 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 this could potentially cause major accidents.
5. Hellacious Hail
In certain states out west, such as Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming, hail is a major problem during the spring months.
Quick Tips on How to Prep Your Rig 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.
Do you have any additional spring driving tips? Share them with us in the comments below!