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What Are Some Spring Road Dangers?

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That first warm day of spring, when you can break out your shorts or sundress, can feel like a breath of fresh air after a long and grueling winter season. However, with the reintroduction of spring comes certain unique road dangers. It might be surprising to learn that the number of car accidents in the United States spikes nearly every year when spring arrives. The fluctuating temperatures and rainy nature of the post-winter season contribute to a variety of hazards on the road. Keep reading to learn about how to avoid these potential dangers and reach out to a New Jersey auto accident lawyer for legal counsel and advice regarding your springtime accident.

What Hazards Does Spring Weather Bring?

Winter has the reputation of having the worst road conditions for drivers. Snow, sleet, and ice can cause serious dangers and accidents. When spring finally comes around most people are so excited that warm weather has finally arrived that they don’t stop to consider whether or not the new season has any unique hazards as well. The following are a few examples of road hazards that can be identified in the spring months.

  • Wildlife and animals come out of hibernation or resting and wander near roads and highways
  • Children begin walking home from school and playing outside, and people tend to go on more walks or bike rides
  • There is an increase in the number of potholes on the roads that were created over the winter
  • Daylight savings time can affect people’s sleep cycles and change daylight hours
  • Your tires may have lost air pressure slowly from the winter temperatures
  • Your windshield wipers may be worn out from snow and freezing rain
  • The roads are slick from spring rain and snow melting and your area may even have flooding

How Can I Avoid Spring Road Dangers?

Now that certain dangers have been identified, it is important to educate yourself on the ways in which you can avoid them. By avoiding these hazards you can prevent an accident or collision and keep the roads safe for you and your family and others.

The first and seemingly most obvious way to avoid spring road dangers is to maintain safe driving habits. Do not drive at excessive speeds and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Do not engage in distracted driving either.

Simply following the road rules and being alert can prevent accidents if an animal were to run out into the road or if you have to brake suddenly for any reason. The increase in pedestrian traffic should also cause you to stay alert and scan roads for bikers or walkers.

Also, keep up with the maintenance of your vehicle. It is important, especially after the winter months, to get regular checks and ensure your car is safe to operate. Check your tire pressure, switch out winter tires for all-season tires, replace worn-out windshield wipers, get your engine checked, etc.

The most important thing you can do to avoid a preventable accident is to simply be aware of your surroundings. Make good choices, keep alert, and follow the rules of the road to ensure you have a pleasant spring season.

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