Spring Driving Tips
Winter may be known for treacherous driving conditions, but spring driving can present its own dangerous situations, from wind and rain to abundant wildlife waking up from hibernation. Follow these spring safe driving tips to help you prepare for spring's driving challenges.
- Perform maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to visit your mechanic. Check fluid levels, tire pressure, suspension system and brakes to help reduce risk of a breakdown.
- Watch for pedestrians. When weather improves, expect more pedestrians, especially in residential, shopping and recreational areas.
- Expect construction. When snow melts, road repairs begin. Slow down and be aware of road and traffic conditions when entering work zones.
- Anticipate motorcyclists. Motorcycle season starts in spring. Watch for motorcycles at intersections and in your blind spots when passing or merging.
- Share the road. Be prepared to share the road with bicyclists. They have the same rights as other vehicles on most roads.
- Prepare for stormy weather. Learn more about driving in spring storms like tornadoes, flash flooding and hail that threaten your area.
- Know when to seek shelter. Spring weather can be unpredictable. If caught in a severe storm that makes driving hazardous, find a safe place to park until weather conditions improve.
- Check for icy conditions. There may be days in early spring when temperatures still drop below freezing, which can lead to slippery roads. Reduce speed and increase following distance if driving in slippery conditions.
- Expect more animals. Spring brings more activity in areas where wildlife is common. Slow down so you can stop safely if animals are on our near the roadway.
- Travel safely. If traveling long distances during spring break, plan ahead to avoid late-night driving and take turns behind the wheel with a fellow passenger.