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Tips For Safe Driving In Spring

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You made it through winter safe and sound. Your truck is still intact and you are thrilled by the thought of dry roads. Although spring weather driving may be less dangerous than trekking through a winter snowstorm, there are real hazards privy to the months leading up to summer.

Safe Spring Driving

Four general spring driving safety tips:

  1. Replace wiper blades: Worn wiper blades will not clearwater effectively from your windshield, which will hamper your vision. Replace yours if necessary.
  2. Check lights: Rain can cause lessened visibility while driving, so make sure all lights (including headlights and turn signals) work well before heading out on the road.
  3. Check tire pressure: Your tires may be a bit deflated after winter driving. Make sure you have enough air in them so your truck runs efficiently.
  4. Look out for bad road conditions: Poor winter weather is the perfect recipe to hide potholes and other driving dangers – don’t let them creep up on you.

Five risks to consider when driving in the spring:

Critter Activity

Animals are much more active in the spring than in the winter. Some are emerging from a deep sleep – hibernation – and others are getting ready to mate, meaning more animals will be crossing streets and strolling along highway shoulders. Although smaller animals won’t damage your truck, your truck will most definitely damage them. However, animals like deer can cause damage to your truck, so be on the lookout for them while they’re most active, being in the early morning or dusk.

Increase in Cyclists

Look out for cyclists! As soon as the last snow melts, bikers will be out in full force. Driving alongside cyclists can make many maneuvers more dangerous. Be especially conscious when making a right hand turn if you know cyclists are on the road. It is hard to see them from your vantage point up in your truck, so be hyper-aware.

Potholes

In many provinces and states, winter weather severely damages roads. Salt, sand, snow plows and ice can all leave roads torn and disheveled. Watch out for potholes and uneven pavement! They can really damage your shocks and suspension.

Rainy Days

Spring showers bring May flowers – and slippery roads and flooding, too. Slippery roads reduce a vehicle’s handling and increases the distance it takes to stop, which can be up to four or five times normal stopping distance. Large puddles and flooding can also limit tire traction, which can cause your truck to hydroplane. Additionally, leaked oil and other fluids when mixed with rainwater can cause unusually slippery driving conditions.

Hailstorms

If driving through U.S. hail-belt states – Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri – be extra cautious of hailstorms, as even small hailstones can shatter your windshield. Hail also limits driving visibility and can make roads slippery.

Keep these factors in mind while driving in the spring so you can keep yourself and your truck safe.

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