As the winter months retreat and spring makes its arrival, drivers need to make sure that they are adjusting their driving habits to remain safe. There are many obstacles and considerations that occur when the weather warms up, so you should make sure you are ready for them before you leave home.
Of course, your safety doesn’t depend only on your own driving skills to remain safe. You also have to rely on other motorists to drive in a suitable manner. Below are some points to remember about driving safety in the spring.
Watch for potholes
When the ground starts to thaw after winter, there will likely be potholes that dot the roadways. Some of these might be small and won’t impact your ability to drive much. Others might be much larger and could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Other drivers might try to dodge the potholes and end up causing an accident. You will have to pay close attention to what is going on around you.
Remember that motorcycles will be out
Motorcycles usually don’t venture out in the winter months in Bridgeport because of the risks of driving in the cold and snow are too great. All drivers need to watch for motorcycles because of the high probability of a fatal or near-fatal injuries occurring when cars and motorcycles collide. Motorcycle accidents are most likely to occur in intersections, so pay close attention there.
Slick road conditions might occur
Even though the risk of snowy roads lessens in the spring months, you still need to be watchful for slick road conditions after rains and in the early morning hours. Even dew on the road can pose a risk. There is also a chance that light rain and drizzle might mix with oils and other substances on the road to make them slippery for drivers.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will be out in force
The nicer weather lures pedestrians and bicyclists out in neighborhoods and around some business areas. Keep an eye on these individuals so that you can make sure they aren’t in danger. Remember that they have the right of way at crosswalks and that they can’t move as fast as a vehicle.
People who are involved in car accidents this spring might need to seek medical care. This can lead to claims for compensation to help them recover the money they are out for their injuries. If you are injured, make sure that you explore your options and take action quickly so your claim doesn’t proscribe.