Spring is almost here, offering a reprieve to a mid-Atlantic region buffeted
by substantial bouts of snow this year. Unfortunately, the melting of
the snow and ice can reveal some serious driving hazards, such as potholes
and slick roads. Be smart this spring to prevent accidents, vehicle damage
and injury. Here are some driving tips to help keep you and others on
the road safe.
Driving through potholes can ruin a tire or put your wheels out of alignment,
so avoid them whenever possible. (Tell your teen driver to do the same
- shaking up your car for "fun" by gunning through potholes
is a terrific way to wreck your suspension.)
Take Precautions in Rainy Conditions
According to the
Federal Highway Administration, wet payment causes 73 percent of weather related accidents. It only takes
a small amount of rain to mix with a road's oil and produce slippery
conditions. During rainy or misty weather, slow down and increase your
following distance. For more information on how to drive during cloudbursts, see
Safety Tips for Driving in April Showers.
Be on the Look Out for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Warmer temperatures bring out more pedestrians and bicyclists, so be watchful,
particularly in residential or shopping areas.
Be Aware of How Allergy Medications Affect Driving
Many people take antihistamines to help them cope with seasonal allergies.
These drugs can adversely affect driving through their side effects of
drowsiness and mental sluggishness. Realize you are more likely to have
an accident under their influence, so avoid taking them when you'll
Get a Maintenance Check
Visit your mechanic to check all essentials such as lights, brake function,
tire pressure and fluid levels. Replace your windshield wipers, because
worn ones don't work effectively and can reduce visibility in inclement weather.
Avoid Driving Through Water
Avoid large puddles, because they can negatively affect your brakes and
cause your car to hydroplane.
Seek Shelter During a Severe Storm
Spring storms often involve severe weather like flash floods, tornadoes
and hail, which all present driving dangers. Park in a safe place, and
wait until weather conditions improve.
Call our experienced
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys for insight into your recent accident to determine whether you might be
entitled to substantial compensation.