Spring Driving Safety Tips

I think we can all confess to feeling at least some level of exuberance as we say goodbye to the winter of 2017. But now that the hazards of winter driving are behind us, we need to be aware of some spring driving perils. Downpours of rain and pop-up thunderstorms (and even seasonal allergies) present their own challenges. Here are a few things to look out for, and be aware of, as you plan your spring and summer road trips.

#1) Slow down in wet driving conditions – especially when it first starts raining. In the early stages of rainfall, the rain water mixes with oils that cover the road’s surface. Until this oily mix is washed away (which can take minutes to hours), proceed with extra caution. Moreover, to help maintain maximum visibility, be sure to replace your windshield wipers about once a year.

#2) Beware of “medicine head”. If you are an allergy sufferer, you may be taking new or different medications this time of year. Make sure you are fully aware of how these medications impact your alertness. Allergy remedies can sometimes cause drowsiness, or have interactions with other medications you may be taking. (Also, it’s probably not a bad idea to change your cabin air filter right about now to help reduce dust and pollen inside your vehicle).

#3) Sidestep the Splash. Admit it, its fun to drive through those huge puddles. But doing so can damage your brakes, impair your vision, or cause you to lose control of your vehicle by hydroplaning. However, if you do find yourself hydroplaning, slowly take your foot off the accelerator pedal, do not over-steer, and do not brake. Let your vehicle decelerate slowly until the tires regain their grip on the road.

#4) Watch out for walkers. The nice spring weather will bring on an influx of pedestrians, bikers, children at play and the like. Be sure to be extra vigilant and aware of your surroundings, especially as you drive through busy intersections and residential areas.

#5) Inflation can be a good thing. For tires anyway. Ensuring that your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated can help minimize the damage cause by potholes, uneven pavement, etc.

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen. In the event of a collision, we’re here to help. Our Keenan Collision experts can answer any questions you may have, and we also offer free auto collision repair estimates. Questions? Feel free to contact us via our website or give us a call at 215-345-6800.