April showers bring May flowers — and a different set of driving hazards.
From my experience as a car crash attorney Memphis TN trusts, I know that accidents can happen anytime and anywhere.
As the snow thaws and the days warm up, many people assume that better weather means safer driving, at least in comparison to winter. In actuality, the roads aren’t always safer this time of year. Springtime brings a whole new set of risks on the road — and new precautions to follow behind the wheel.
Top Risks of Springtime Driving
Spring showers, more animals on the road, and — after the snow has melted — more potholes are all among the season’s risks.
- People are less cautious. Most of us are familiar with the dangers of driving in inclement winter weather, and we shift our habits accordingly. People are not as cautious in springtime, but with the rainfall and oil slicks, there’s plenty reason to exercise the same vigilance behind the wheel.
- When the snow melts, the potholes come out. During the colder months of the year, snow and ice tend to cover potholes. Once they melt, deep holes are exposed once again, which can damage cars and cause accidents. Even worse, springtime rain can make it harder to see these in advance.
- A sunny day brings a dangerous glare. A little bit of sunshine can do some serious damage. Many of us have been blinded by the sun at some point while driving. Sun glare is actually a leading factor in thousands of accidents each year — even those in which it is not the sole cause. Drivers need to pay extra attention, knowing that sunrise and sunset will bring the greatest risk.
How to Stay Safe Behind the Wheel
- Check your lights before you take off. Heavy springtime rains affect driving visibility, so make sure all the lights — headlights, taillights, backup lights, turn signals, parking lights, and brake lights — are in good working condition.
- Replace your wiper blades.
- Watch out for animals. Now that winter’s over, many more animals are on the road. They are most active during early morning and evening, so drive with extra caution and scan the road.
- Slow down. When there’s rain or hail, allow extra stopping distance.
Remember, the tips above apply all year long.
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