Spring Driving

When spring finally arrives, it is important to remember that there are still some driving hazards that need to be considered. If you haven’t done so already, no doubt you will soon be switching your winter tires for your all-seasons. Keep in mind that on those dreaded but ever present chilly mornings, your tires develop less traction when the temperature is under 8C. Don’t be surprised when your all-seasons don’t have as much grip on these colder mornings. Also to factor in are areas that still have snow on the shoulders or ditches. During the day the warmer temperatures melt the snow, but when the evening temperatures turn frosty, ice can form on the roads.

Remember, in Canada, there is said to be two seasons: winter and pothole. Warmer weather brings about road corrosion, and a surplus of potholes. Stay alert for roads in poor condition. Hitting a pothole at a high speed can cause damage to your car’s suspension, as well as the alignment and the tires, and may cause an accident. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help lessen damage by helping reduce the impact on your tire and the metal wheel of your vehicle. Also keep in mind that roads used repeatedly by trucks worsen faster, so pay greater attention on highways, etc.

Spring doesn’t just bring people out of hibernation but also animals who leave their winter grounds in search of food. Animals tend to approach roadways more during these times. Animals are most active in the early morning and evening, so drivers must be extra aware of what is on the road around them.

Last but not least – keep an eye out for cyclists and motorcycles. Be aware of your environment and always check your blind spots! Make sure you share the road and don’t crowd smaller vehicles.

Many of us do most of our driving in the spring and summer. With the added time on the road comes added risk. Statistically speaking, the more hours you spend on the road, the greater chance you have of being involved in a collision. Here are some tips to help reduce the possibility of being involved in a collision:

  • Stay awake and alert on long trips – take frequent breaks
  • Maintain good visibility – don’t block your windows or mirrors
  • Take your car in for a tune up and an oil change before a long road trip

One area of your car that is often neglected is the windshield wipers. Poorly maintained windshield wipers can greatly reduce visibility in poor weather. After a winter of salt and other road filtrate, windshield wipers may not be in the proper condition to wipe away rain from your windows. Replacing worn wipers will make a huge difference when it comes to driving safely in the rain.

As spring temperatures bring more people out of their homes and onto the streets, it is important to remember that all defensive and careful driving skills still apply. Just because snow and ice are no longer factors, does not mean other risks are not out there. Be safe and happy driving!

If you have any questions about car insurance during any season, please call Mitchell & Whale Insurance Brokers at 1-800-731-2228 or email us at info@mitchellwhale.com. Or click here to obtain a no obligation online auto insurance quote anytime.

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