Sure, winter is quickly fading in the rearview mirror, but the peril of icy roads is replaced with a whole new set of driving challenges in spring.
Deer and other wildlife. You are not the only one who gets spring fever. Animals do, too, and spring is the time they start looking for mates and food. Be extra careful at dawn and dusk when deer are especially active. Hitting a deer (or having them jump into your path suddenly) is a frightening experience, and even a deer/vehicle collision at slow speeds can cause injury and/or loss of life for both animal and humans, let alone expensive damage to the vehicle. Be extra vigilant during spring.
The angle of the light. As the seasons progress, you'll notice sun angles change. The sun is rising earlier every morning and setting later at light. When the sun is low in the sky, that glare can render you almost completely blind. Make sure your windows and windshield are clean; don't forget the inside glass, too, which can build up a haze over the winter.
Potholes. The freezing and thawing of pavement is shockingly effective at busting up asphalt and concrete. The holes left behind can seem like moon craters, and if you hit one or more hard, they can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, increasing your chances of an accident. They also can cause some significant damage to your vehicle. If you feel your vehicle pulling to one side, notice it has a rough ride or hear noises you haven’t heard before, have your suspension's integrity inspected at your vehicle service facility.
Children playing. Kids are excited to get back outside, running wild, playing with balls and toys… just being kids. These newly-rediscovered outside thrills can also steal away their attention from what's going on around them and they may dart out onto the street before you know it. Spring is a time to be vigilant and devote extra concentration to roads and neighborhoods.
Spring is such a breath of fresh air. Remember to be super careful of a whole new set of hazards winter made you forget about for a while.
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