April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring severe car accidents that can have serious consequences. While Spring may bring rain and shine, it may also bring added dangers to the road. In fact, it is documented that the springtime time change causes a six percent increase in fatal car accidents in the week following the Daylight Savings Time (DST) transition.
This spring, choose Safety. Be prepared for what the season may bring by following these five Spring driving tips.
Check Your Tires
After the harsh winter months, car tires can experience severe wear and tear. Prior to driving, check the tires on your car to ensure there is still significant tread left. Loss of treads can cause loss of traction, which can be especially dangerous during rainy weather.
It’s also important to ensure tires are properly inflated, the oil has been changed, and that the car is equipped with proper levels of emergency supplies.
Know What to Do If You Get Into An Accident
“No one expects to be involved in a car accident,” notes accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, “Car accidents are unpredictable, frightening, and—too often—life changing.” If you do find yourself in a car accident this Spring, knowing how to handle a car accident situation can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Following an accident, you should immediately get to a safe spot nearby. Check to see if anyone needs prompt medical attention. Call 911 for medical assistance and wait for police to arrive. While you wait, if you are able, take photos of the accident scene, get the other drivers contact information and insurance company information. If you believe you are unharmed after an accident, it is still recommended to receive medical attention as some injuries are not immediately apparent.
Watch for Potholes
Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has passed through the ground under the pavement. Potholes vary in size and shape and can cause serious damage to a car and can even be the cause of a car accident.
Approach puddles of water with caution as they may disguise potholes. If you can’t avoid hitting a pothole, slow down before approaching and firmly grasp your steering wheel to ensure you have control of your vehicle.
Leave Extra Space
Rain, sleet, snow, hail and any other type of inclement weather can seriously affect a drivers ability to react quickly. By leaving extra space between your vehicle and those around you, you can help prevent an accident. In normal weather conditions, three seconds is considered a safe distance from the cars around you.
During inclement weather, consider leaving eight seconds of distance. An easy way to ensure you are giving enough space from the car in front of your is to choose a fixed point, such as a road sign, that is even with the car in front of you. If you approach the fixed point before you count to eight, you may be following too close.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are often damaged by the harsh winter months. If you notice squeaking noises, vibration, excessive streaking, or wet spots, it’s time to replace your wipers. In fact, most windshield wiper makers recommend replacing wipers every six to twelve months.
Prior to driving, inspect your windshield wipers to ensure they are in good working condition to effectively remove rain, hail, and snow from your windshield. Visibility is vital while on the road, so consider cleaning your windshield with quality window washer products as well!
Spring Safety Is in Your Control
Staying safe on the road is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of the weather. This Spring, choose safety by being prepared. By following these five safety spring driving tips, you can help prevent an accident and promote safety for all.