With the arrival of spring comes warmer weather, longer days and an end to some of the driving hazards of winter! However, the new season brings a whole new set of risks on the road. At The Insurance Emporium, we want you to be able to drive safely and keep your car in tip-top shape. That’s why we’ve put together this list of hazards to be aware of during the spring months.
1. Pothole problems
Spring is the season of potholes. Due to water getting into the tarmac on the roads, freezing and thawing over the winter, this causes cracks in the surface to open up and form potholes. Try to avoid driving over potholes if you can as they could damage your car. You may also wish to report potholes that you spot to your local authority, which you may do on the government website.
2. Slippery when wet
As ice and snow melts away and those pesky April showers come into play, there is likely to be a lot of standing water on the roads. This means things could get fairly slippery while you’re driving. When it’s wet outside, try to leave a four-second gap between you and the car in front to allow added time to stop. Also, try to drive around large puddles to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
3. Worn-out wipers
More rain in spring means that your visibility might be reduced while driving. Of course, working wipers are key to keeping your windshield clear in wet weather. However, your wiper blades might have taken a bit of a battering over winter, so it’s well worth checking that yours aren’t worn out. If you find that they aren’t working too well anymore then it’s time to get them replaced.
4. The perils of people
The warmer weather is likely to entice a lot of people outside, with many motorcyclists and bicyclists dusting off their two-wheeled vehicles and a lot of pedestrians choosing to walk to where they need to be. Keep an eye out for these people when you’re on the road. Check your mirrors carefully, be aware of your surroundings and share the road with these other users. They have a right to be there too!
5. Watch out for wildlife
As well as people, plenty of wildlife and domestic pets will be likely to come out and play once spring has sprung. Animals are less predictable than people, so they could run out onto the roads while you’re driving. Be aware of your surroundings in case you see creatures at the roadside that might jump out and try to stop safely if one is in front of your car. This is especially true at dawn and dusk, so look out for the reflections of animals’ eyes ahead.
Springtime can be a fun time to get out on the roads. As long as you know the risks, you might be able to avoid various seasonal hazards. However, sometimes things could go wrong, which is when your car insurance could prove to be useful. The Insurance Emporium* offers three types of motor insurance, allowing you to choose the right level of cover for you. If you’re looking for a quick car insurance quote, roll on down to The Insurance Emporium today!
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