With Spring coming, we have much to look forward to - namely longer days and warmer weather but also different risks to manage on the road. From children playing, to sharing the road with motorcyclists and maneuvering potholes, spring driving doesn't necessarily mean safer conditions, but you can take safety in your hands by managing risks. Use the following safety tips as a start:
1. Watch for children and other pedestrians
With warmer weather in tow, children may start playing outside in the street. Whether they are riding bicycles or kicking balls - children's movements can be sudden and erratic. Reduce your speed and cover your brake and horn when driving around children and other pedestrians.
2. Share the road with cyclists and motorcyclists
Be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots to spot the location of cyclists around you, especially when turning and changing lanes. Motorcyclists can accelerate very quickly and be on your radar before you can react, so pay extra attention to scanning your surroundings. Slow down at busy intersections, the cyclist in front of you may be turning left.
3. Be prepared for potholes and unpredictable weather. Just because the weather is getting nicer doesn't mean it's time to put your winter tires away. Spring can bring all kinds of temperatures. Winter tires perform better when temperatures are below zero.So if you want to be extra cautious, wait until mid-Spring before putting your regular tires back on.Watch for potholes, and report them to the city - if they cause damage to your vehicle you can make a claim for damage or injury.
4.Give your vehicle a tune-up
Check your fluid levels, brakes and wiper blades and for rust. Consider taking it to a professional to make sure everything is mechanically sound and good to go for another season of getting you and yours home safely.