Every season has distinct characteristics that make driving in them a unique experience. Summer has the sweltering heat that threatens to overwhelm your engine, autumn has the falling sun that blinds your eyes and the slippery leaves that litter the roads, winter has ice and snow, and spring… well, spring has a bit of everything. Check out our tips for driving in the spring!
Expect rainy weather and wet pavement
The main thing to look out for in the spring is rainy weather and flash flooding. From 2002 to 2012, wet pavement accounted for 74% of all weather-related crashes. Do not underestimate the impact of rain: it significantly hampers your car's handling and increases stopping distance by up to four times normal. Big puddles can also lead to hydroplaning, especially if you try to cross them quickly. When it starts to rain, this cannot be underestimated: slow down!
Beware of battered roads
Roads tend to be at their worst after winter. The abuse they suffer at the hands of snow plows, sand, salt, and ice lead to cracks, bumps, and potholes. Be on the lookout for major road faults that might put you or your car in harm's way.
Watch for increased human and animal activity
Spring makes both humans and animals come out of hibernation-in the latter case, literally. Some animals also come out for mating season. Expect an increase in cyclists and joggers in the morning and watch out for animals crossing the street. Deer are very active this time of the year, especially at dusk.