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Spring driving hazards

April 27, 2016
Spring driving often involves wet, slippery roads.

Winter may be gone, but that doesn't mean there aren't anymore driving hazards out there. While you may no longer have to worry about dangers like black ice and unexpected blizzards, spring brings its own risks. Before getting out on the road again, make sure you know what to look out for:

"With rain comes slippery roads, puddles and reduced visibility.”

1. Rainstorms

With spring comes rain, and with rain comes slippery roads, puddles and reduced visibility. According to the Better Business Bureau, even a light mist can create dangerous conditions and require adjusted driving techniques.

First off, make sure your tires, brakes and windshield wipers are in working order. When driving in rainy weather, slow down and keep a large distance between your car and the car in front of you in case you skid. In addition, do your best not to drive through a puddle. If you have to, do so very slowly and don't hit the brakes if the car starts to slip. Instead, just slowly lift your foot off the accelerator.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association said it can take four times the distance to stop on a wet road versus a dry road. To make sure your car is in the best possible condition for rainy weather, RMA recommended getting the tread on your tires checked once a month and before every long driving trip.

2. Potholes

When spring arrives, so do many potholes. RMA explained that potholes form due to the cycle of freezing and thawing the roads underwent throughout the winter. When possible, avoid driving over potholes, as they can cause internal damage to your car that may not start to affect the vehicle for a few months. If you have to drive over the pothole, press on the brakes up until the moment you reach it and then release them as the car drives over it.

3. Children and bicyclists

Because the weather will be nicer, there will be more children playing outside and more bicyclists on the road. Make sure you pay extra attention to your surroundings and eliminate all distractions while you drive.

4. Allergy medications

The Better Business Bureau explained that certain spring allergy medications cause drowsiness. Make sure you understand the side effects of your drugs and know whether or not it is safe for you to drive while taking them.

Keeping these hazards in mind is key to your safety as well as the safety of those around you. While safety should be your No. 1 concern, avoiding accidents will also help you keep your auto insurance premium low.