Spring is almost here, and setting the clocks ahead really kicks it into high gear. As with any new season, it is important to be alert while driving as the weather changes. Spring, although not an extremely dangerous season, can begin with snow and ice and be filled with rain, especially in the northeast.
So, before you go out on the road this Spring, read these helpful tips about Spring driving:
- Don’t think daylight saving time doesn’t affect you. Losing just one hour of sleep can make you less alert and less responsive.
- Take precautions against increased glare and sun. Store sunglasses in your car and keep your windshield clean.
- Learn the side effects of your medications. Spring brings allergies, and allergy medications are notorious for causing drowsiness. Check out AAA’S APP to see how your medications can affect your driving ability.
- Be alert for more pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles once the weather gets warmer.
- Prepare for spring showers. Take it slow in sudden rainstorms; the first 10 minutes of a downpour present the highest risk for hydroplaning. Also, stay in the highway’s center lane to reduce the risk of hydroplaning on wet pavement. Most roads have a crown that sends water to the right and left lanes.
- Avoid cruise control in rainy conditions. You need your foot on the accelerator to keep control of the vehicle.
- Keep your tires inflated to the proper level. Underinflated tires don’t displace water as well, making driving in wet conditions more dangerous.
- Don’t brake during an impact with a pothole. Instead, brake prior to the pothole and release before impact. Less severe damage occurs when a tire is rolling over a pothole than when it’s skidding over one.
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