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Spring Driving Tips

Along with warmer weather, spring brings rain and the potholes of last winter

Springtime brings rain and the aftereffects of winter weather — potholes and uneven pavement. Keep these driving tips in mind before you travel:

  1. Spring showers bring May flowers — and wet driving conditions: Slow down on slick roads, and increase your following distance even when mist begins to fall. Just a small amount of water can mix with oil and grease on the road to create slippery conditions.

  2. Share the road: Warm weather brings out motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

  3. Understand the impact of medications on driving: For many people, spring means seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving ability.

  4. If possible, go around potholes:
    Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment or worse, forcing you to buy a new wheel and a new tire. You may be able to file a claim (laws differ from city to city and state to state), but you you'll likely have to prove negligence on the part of the city.

  5. Avoid driving through large puddles: Driving through water can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane.

  6. Keep your tires properly inflated: Full tires can reduce the damage caused by potholes and other road hazards.

Also of interest: Quiz: Are you a smart driver?


Originally published January 2010

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