4 Springtime Driving Risks

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Although it feels like winter may last forever, spring is quickly approaching. With the warmer weather, you may find yourself out and about more frequently. Here are four springtime driving risks to keep in mind and help you avoid an auto accident.

1. Rain

Rain can affect drivers in a number of ways. To begin with, heavy rain can significantly decrease visibility. If you are unable to see through your windshield, wait to drive until the rain has lightened up.

Rain also means the roads could be slick or flooded. This could lead to hydroplaning, which occurs when cars slide uncontrollably. You could easily lose control of your vehicle and find yourself running into another driver or off the road completely.

2. Sunshine

While rain can be an issue, so can the sun! Sun glare can affect drivers, especially if they are driving in the direction of the sunset. Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your car so you have them handy, should you run into any strong sunlight.

3. Children and Animals

Be mindful of the potential for both children and animals to come out in front of your car without warning. Always abide by the speed limits, and be especially observant in areas where children frequent, like schools, parks, or neighborhoods.

4. Seasonal Allergies

Many people experience seasonal allergies at this time of year. If you’re taking allergy medication, be aware of how that can affect you.

Common side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Nausea
  • Confusion

These effects can all be incredibly dangerous for drivers. If you are feeling the effects of your allergy medication, don’t get behind the wheel.

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