Spring driving can be just as challenging as Winter Driving. Especially here in New England, where it can be 70 degrees and sunny in the morning and 30 degrees and snowing in the evening. F&T Insurance Agency wants you and your family to remain safe. It is important to be alert to the changing weather and road conditions. Below are some tips from the AARP for Driving safely throughout the spring season.
Stay safe on the road this spring by following these 8 driving tips from AARP Driver Safety:
1. Spring showers bring May flowers-and wet driving conditions. Slow down on slick roads, and increase your following distance even when mist begins to fall. Keep in mind that even a small amount of water can mix with oil and road dust to create slippery conditions.
2. Be sure your vehicle is ready for rain by replacing your windshield wipers at least once a year. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
3. Avoid driving through large puddles, which can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid a puddle and find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off of the accelerator-do not brake.
4. Share the road. Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out on the roads. Because more and more pedestrians have developed habits of texting, talking on cellphones, and listening to music, they can be unaware of the traffic around them. Be extra cautious around intersections and in residential communities.
5. Understand the impact of medications on driving. New spring growth often causes seasonal allergies, so keep in mind that over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to cause drowsiness or diminish your driving ability.
6. If possible, go around potholes. Potholes-an after-effect of winter weather-can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down, as the damage can be costly to fix.
7. Keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
8. Change your car’s cabin air filter if you suffer from seasonal allergies. The cabin air filter, which removes pollutants before they enter your vehicle, can be essential in minimizing the amount of dust or pollen that enters your vehicle, thus relieving your allergies during travel.
In addition, remember potholes can be hiding under large puddles. This makes puddles extra dangerous to you and your car. If you cannot drive safely around a pothole, take your foot off the gas. It is important not to break going into a pothole. Breaking may cause extra damage to your car.