Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy time with family and friends. Often, getting to the fun involves spending time in the car. And although hitting the highway itself can be enjoyable, there are a few spring driving hazards you should watch out for.
Rain is a major springtime hazard – slippery roads, slower drivers and blinding rain. But the result of rain – flooding – can be equally dangerous. Flooding can happen quickly and can be very serious. Depending on your location and its terrain, flooding can even sweep your car off the road, which is obviously something you want to avoid at all cost.
Animals are very active during spring – waking up from hibernation, the beginning of mating season – so it’s important to keep an eye out for any activity that may be on or crossing the road. Deer are especially active at dawn and dusk, so be sure to pay close attention at these times.
Yes – humans. Like our wild friends above, humans like to get out when the weather improves. An increase in walkers and bikers is a good reason to keep a keen eye on your driving this spring – for your safety and the safety of others.
As the weather gets warmer, severe weather intensifies. And with severe weather comes hail. Hail doesn’t only damage your vehicle, it can cause rather dangerous, slippery driving conditions or a cracked windshield, which can make visibility impossible. So keep an eye out for ominous looking skies and be sure you’re aware of the damage hail can cause.
As you can see, overall movement – mother nature, animals, people –increases with warmer weather.
So it’s imperative that you keep a close eye on your surroundings this spring. But if you find yourself in a situation involving a springtime accident, your attorneys for Joplin, MO, Mann, Wyatt & Rice, are here to help.