Spring Time Driving

Driving in the spring time can mean navigating a wide variety of safety challenges, depending on weather, location, time of day and other local factors. Some of the challenges can be similar to what you see in winter driving, at times, but no matter what, it is important to have the best car insurance to protect you against these dangers.

Slush can be the most common spring condition and is usually relatively safe, with the biggest risk being mud-ifying your car. But do take extra care at intersections, because a pile of slush can give you basically the same effect as ice on the road and leave you careening uncontrollably into an intersection.

Hydro-planing is your biggest risk on a wet day.  It’s kind of like sliding on ice, but most people have never experienced it, so it’s a danger that can really catch a driver off guard on  a suddenly rainy day on the highway.  Goodyear Aquatread tires or similar are recommended if you live in a wetter part of the country as they help keep the tire in contact with the road surface by ‘pumping’ water away from the tire’s contact area.

Goodyear Aquatread Technology

If visibility is bad due to snow, sleet, hail or rain, it is always better to pull off to a safe area and wait out the storm. No deadline or schedule is worth dying for and friends, family and coworkers should understand that.

Ice (white, black or otherwise)

On a cold day, ice usually is pretty expected and you can prepare for it mentally and otherwise with chains, more defensive driving and such.  It’s those warmer days or days with no snow on the ground that often ice can catch you off guard. Just because the roads look black, doesn’t mean they aren’t icy.  Be diligent, check highway reports regularly and when in doubt, take it slow around those curves on chilly, un-snowy days, because there’s a good chance there’s ice out there.  Be particularly careful at sunset and at night in general and if the roads are white all around with a thick base, you can always throw on some chains for extra traction and added safety.

You may think you see winter in your rearview mirror, but as we all know, random major dumps of snow often happen as frequently in April as any other month of the snowy season. So when you hit the road you  need to be prepared for the worst still, even in spring.  Bring a snow shovel, sand/gravel/kitty litter, an emergency heat candle(s), blankets, food and a phone that works on the highway(for at least emergency use) in case  you need to call for help.

Mike Machina has written for 944 Magazine/944.com, Comcast, The Onion and Westword and has been a car enthusiast since he was first able to get behind the wheel of a truck on his friend’s farm in elementary school. He specializes in blogging about classic cars, everyday driving tips, maintenance, insurance and car humor.

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