As the weather gets warmer, we tend to be outside more. Even though we no longer have to deal with hazardous winter conditions, we still have to be attentive while driving this spring season. To practice safe traveling, Michles & Booth is here to provide readers with five tips to keep in mind while on the road.
1. Update Your Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers probably took a hit this winter season, and chances are, they need to be replaced. Old wipers can leave streaks and aren’t as effective, so it’s essential to change them before April showers return. Depending on their condition, windshield wipers should be changed every six to 12 months.
2. Check Your Tires
Similar to windshield wipers, tires lose their effectiveness after heavy use. This can lead to loss of traction, which can worsen in rainy weather. If you are unsure if your tires still have a useful amount of tread, we recommend doing the Penny Test—if you can see Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.
3. Lookout For Storms
Wet roads can be just as dangerous as icy roads. With enough rain, cars can hydroplane, losing contact with the road, causing them to spin out. Be sure to check on the weather before you hit the road. If you have to drive during a storm, try to stay in the middle lane, away from large puddles, and increase your following distance if a car needs to brake immediately.
4. Share The Road
Bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians all want to share the road in peace. Due to nicer weather and wanting to be outside, pedestrian accidents are usually on the rise during the spring. Be sure to drive with caution and follow the rules of the road regardless if you’re in a car, on a bike, or just walking.
5. Beware of Potholes
Potholes are common in the city, even more so for areas that experience heavy winter conditions. If a road looks older and not as well paved, be sure to drive slowly and with caution. Avoid braking hard as the tire may slam into the edge of the pothole, causing the tire to pop.
We all owe each other a duty of care while sharing the same road. However, sometimes drivers and even pedestrians break their duty of care, resulting in an accident or even death. If you sustained injuries from another person’s negligence, contact the Michles & Booth team today. We have the resources and technology to make sure you get the most out of your personal injury claim.
Call us at (800) 848-6168 or visit our Contact Us page to get started on your consultation.