spring safe driving tipsSpring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, grass is getting greener, and the leaves are returning to the trees after the long, dreary winter. Springtime is a tricky season in Ohio, however, with one day being bright and sunny and the next bringing heavy thunderstorms – or even a spring snowstorm! Additionally, it’s common to encounter more wildlife on the roads this time of year, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and those treacherous potholes we all know and despise. That’s why it’s vital that drivers understand how to stay safe on the road in any type of situation the spring season may bring.

Safe Driving Tips for the Springtime

As you get ready to roll down your car windows to welcome in that fresh air, there are a few spring driving tips everyone should keep in mind this time of year. Here are five of the most important tips:

  1. Perform some much-needed post-winter maintenance. Winter can be harsh on your car, and the transition to the milder weather of spring should be used as a reminder to set aside time to do some important maintenance tasks. This includes checking the tire pressure and treads, testing the headlights and turn signals, replacing windshield wiper blades, and so on.
  2. Beware of sun glare. After a gloomy, dark winter, it can be hard to remember what the sun looks like. Driving into the morning sunrise or sunset can be no easy feat with the sun’s rays blazing onto your windshield, so make sure to always have a pair of sunglasses on hand in the car with you. Use the sun visor as needed, too.
  3. Keep an eye on who’s sharing the road with you. Warmer weather tends to mean more action on the roads. People will be out walking, biking, and motorcyclists will be anxious to get out there, too. Plus, animals are emerging from hibernation, and they have a tendency to dart out when you least expect them to. Always stay on high alert and be aware of other people and creatures around you this time of year.
  4. Play it safe during spring showers. Rainy conditions can easily lead to flooding or slippery roads, which can make handling your vehicle difficult. Hydroplaning is a major concern when driving through large puddles, plus wet roads can increase the distance it may take your car to come to a full stop. Make sure to slow down and maintain a safe following distance during rain showers.
  5. Watch out for construction zones. There’s a saying that goes: “Ohio has two seasons – winter and construction.” Expect to see an increase in orange barrels this spring, which means you’ll also want to decrease your speed and watch for workers busy fixing all those potholes from the winter. Always check your blind spots, follow the changing traffic patterns and switch lanes safely, being aware that construction workers and equipment may suddenly enter the road.

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