Spring Driving Safety:
With warm weather returning and the days getting longer, many drivers assume that the worst driving hazards of the season are now behind them. While winter weather can be treacherous spring driving also offers its own unique set of dangers.
Rain, rain, go away!
In Western Pennsylvania, the spring months often receive the most rainfall. June specifically is the wettest month of the year according to data from the National Weather Service. Federal Highway Administration statistics indicate that nearly half of all accidents over the past decade were at least partially attributed to rain.
Slippery conditions reduce your car's ability to grip the roadway and drastically increase the distance required to come to a stop. It is important to limit distractions and drive with a high attention to detail during adverse conditions.
In Western Pennsylvania, spring snow and ice is not uncommon. Unfortunately for your automobile, unseasonable warmth is not uncommon, either. The result is a freeze/thaw cycle combined with salt and other road treatments that cause potholes to form. Potholes can wreak havoc on your suspension and pop your tire if you are not careful.
- Make sure all of your headlights are in good working condition. Spring rain reduces visibility.
- Keep an eye on your tire pressure. Cold weather can deflate tires, making them more susceptible to damage when they encounter one of Western Pennsylvania's many potholes.
- Drive carefully, especially at dawn and dusk when visibility is low and you are more likely to encounter deer and other animals.
- Check and make sure your wiper blades are in good shape and replace them if necessary.