Spring is an interesting time of year. The flowers are in bloom, young animals are coming out to play, and heavy rain and storms make their way down on us constantly. Although Winter is the season which is most commonly considered to be a dangerous time to be on the road, Spring has its challenges as well. As beautiful as this time of year can be, it definitely brings its own unique driving hazards with it. Here at the Law Offices of D. Chadwick Calvert, we want to educate everyone on how to drive safely during this season.
Tip #1: Keep Your Eyes Out For Wildlife
Many animals are coming out from a months-long hibernation and new baby foxes, deer, raccoons, and skunks are welcomed into the world. Even though our own children know not to go darting into the road, the same cannot be said for these guys. Drivers are warned to maintain alert on all roads, especially while driving in rural areas or during the night. This wildlife is known to wander into the road and accidentally hitting them could injure you, the animal, and even other drivers on the road.
Tip #2: Prepare For The Weather
Springtime is the most dynamic weather season. Every state experiences a different variation of intense rainstorms and flooding, hail, tornadoes, blinding sunny days, and strong winds. It’s important to remain up-to-date on the current weather forecast in order to be prepared for the sporadic weather patterns. The safest way to drive in extreme weather conditions is always to stay at a low speed.
Tip #3: Be Alert In Neighborhoods and Busy Streets
After months of freezing temperatures and, for many states, heavy snow, people will be eager to get back out and resume their favorite activities. Joggers, cyclists, pedestrians, and children playing will be out and about every day. Never use your cell phone while driving because, if someone falls or a child runs into the street suddenly, you might not have enough time to react.
Tip #4: Check Your Tires
Cold temperatures can lower your tire pressure and sudden high temperatures can increase it. Either take your car to an autobody shop to ensure your tires have the right amount of pressure or, if you’re able to, do it yourself with a portable air pump. You will also need to inspect your tires for any punctures, as the road may be littered with dirt and debris after the storms. If your tires aren’t properly inflated or have damage to them, you may lose control of the vehicle while driving and even get in a car accident.
Tip #5: Avoid Large Puddles
If you drive through large puddles of water on a street, you run the risk of hydroplaning. The water can also lead to damage to your breaks and a large splash of water can block your view of the road. Puddles can also be reflective in the sunlight and the glare can be blinding.
In the unfortunate event that you find yourself in a car accident, it’s vital to have the proper representation. The Law Offices of D. Chadwick Calvert employ the most prestigious and experienced attorneys in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metropolitan Zone. Our attorneys fight hard for our clients and what’s best is that we don’t charge a penny unless our case succeeds.