Practice Safe Driving This Spring

May 1, 2020

Spring is almost here, which means warmer weather and snow-free roads. However, the season of renewal brings its own hazards, such as rain, potholes, congested roads, and car wrecks. Alabama drivers should be aware of these hazards, and the ways we can stay safe this spring.

Watch Out for Potholes

Potholes are formed when groundwater beneath the pavement freezes, causing it to expand and crack. The road surface continues to weaken as cars drive over it, eventually leading to a pothole. Potholes, which were frozen over with ice in the winter, can be even more dangerous in the spring when the ice melts. Slow down or avoid driving over potholes whenever possible, it can cause serious damage to vehicles as well as serious injuries.

Avoid Driving in Storms

Roads are most dangerous when it first begins to rain because the water mixes with the oil and grease already present on the road, causing slippery conditions. Slow down when driving in spring showers to avoid getting in a weather-related crash. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 21 percent of the 5,891,000 vehicle crashes that occur each year are weather-related.

Be Prepared to Stop for Animals or Pedestrians

Remember to look out for those who are trying to cross the road. Wildlife is generally more active in the spring; some animals come out of hibernation, and it is also mating season.

People are also more active in the spring; therefore, roads and sidewalks are more congested. Use caution when driving, and be sure to give pedestrians and bicyclists the right-of-way.

Clean Your Car to Prevent Rust

Leftover salt and ice melt that are stuck on your car from winter storms can cause rust, so wash your car this spring. Make sure to do a thorough job with the undercarriage. If your car already shows signs of rust, treat it as soon as possible by sanding the area down before repainting or seek professional advice.

Minimize Glare

Longer days means more opportunities for sun glare. Many car accidents are caused by adverse weather conditions and poor visibility. To minimize glare, wear sunglasses, and keep your windows and mirrors clean.

Ensure Your Car is in Good Condition

Before heading out on the roads this spring, ensure that your car is in good working condition. Replace your wipers, check your lights and tires, inspect your tires, and look for signs of wear. Tires lose pressure as well as tread during the winter months, so make sure your tires have enough tread and that they are properly inflated and aligned.

Use Caution in Work Zones

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that 20,000 workers are injured in highway construction work zones each year. More work zone sites are active in the spring; therefore, drivers should be attentive, slow down when approaching construction, and follow all road signs.

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