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What Road Hazards Occur in the Spring?

car on highway road in spring

When the first warm spring day arrives after months of frigid chills, it is a relief like no other. Winter is usually regarded as having the most dangerous weather conditions for driving. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because the winter blues are behind you does not mean that there are no road hazards during the spring. Continue reading to learn about the various hazards that you may encounter on the road during spring. If you get into an accident during springtime, a Middlesex County auto accident attorney is prepared to offer knowledgeable legal advice and assistance.

What Spring Road Hazards Should I Keep an Eye Out For?

The following are some examples of potential hazards that you can encounter during the spring. Make sure you stay alert and use safe driving practices to avoid a collision or accident.

Wildlife

As the world defrosts, animals and wildlife come out of hibernation and rest. You will probably see many more animals than you did throughout the winter months, exploring the grassy sides of highways or on a neighbor’s lawn. If an animal runs out into the road you may have to brake or swerve to avoid a collision.

Pedestrians

Animals are not the only ones emerging during the spring. People spend much more time outdoors as the weather warms up. Children will probably begin walking home from school and
playing outside. The increase in pedestrian traffic can cause hazards in local areas.

Potholes

Potholes are an annoyance year-round. However, there tend to be more new potholes in the springtime. This is because potholes are caused by water in the pavement expanding and contracting as it freezes and melts, weakening the asphalt and causing cracks. When heavy cars drive over the weakened spots, potholes will appear. The cold and wet winter months cause an increase in potholes just in time for spring.

Wet roads

As snow banks melt and the frequency of rain increases, roads are probably very wet during the spring months. If you aren’t careful slick roads can lead to hydroplaning, splashing other cars and affecting their visibility, hitting a pothole hidden by a puddle, and more.

Floods

Everyone knows the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” The early stages of spring do come with a high amount of rain which can cause flooding, especially in areas with poor drainage systems.

Worn tires

Because of snow and the freezing temperatures of the winter, your tires can slowly lose air pressure. Additionally, the tread on your tires may be worn after the severe weather conditions of the past few months. Replace winter tires with all-season tires and check the pressure to ensure a safe drive.

Worn windshield wipers

Because of the rainy weather, it is important to have good windshield wipers. Yours may be worn or old after dealing with snow and freezing rain all winter. Ensure they are in good condition so they will not negatively impact your visibility while driving during the spring.

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