Spring is right around the corner, which means an entirely new set of weather conditions that will affect your driving. It’s always good to be prepared for whatever the change of seasons might bring, which is one reason we’ve put together a list of spring driving tips to help you stay safe on the road.
According to AARP, spring showers bring slippery driving surfaces. Be sure to slow down when it’s raining, especially the first ten minutes after a downpour begins. Many roads are coated with a thin layer of oil, so the rain can lead to some seriously slippery roads. By slowing down, you significantly decrease the likelihood of a crash.
Warm weather means that there will be more vehicles on the road, and not just cars either. Always be on the lookout for motorcyclists and bicyclists along the road. Remember that in most places bikes must ride on the road, so try to have patience. Motorcyclists often appear further away than they actually are due to their size, one reason you should give them added room.
Finally, avoid taking allergy medications and driving. If you absolutely need such medications, be sure to talk to your doctor about driving. Some of the drugs for seasonal allergies can make you drowsy, impair your judgment, and slow down your reaction time. Keep these tips in mind and you’re bound to stay safer on the road this spring.