Springtime in the Rockies, Isn’t this a great time of year! A record high one day, followed 12 hours later by below freezing temperatures and snow. Don’t you just love it! The earth is renewing itself, trees are leafing out, grass is turning green, and the effects of winter on our roads and highways is becoming apparent – potholes, sandy intersections, (look out bikers) and slick roads. So just a few tips to keep in mind this time of year;
1. Wet driving conditions: Slow down on slick roads, and increase your following distance even when mist begins to fall. Just a small amount of water can mix and oil and grease on the road and create slippery conditions.
2. Share the road: Warm weather brings out motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Especially remember to give bicyclists a wide margin when passing them. And bicyclists remember to drive to the right side of the road as safety and conditions permit.
3. If possible go around potholes: Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment, not to mention the possibility of loss of control.
4. Avoid driving through large puddles: Driving through water can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane.
5. Keep your tires properly inflated: Properly inflated tires can reduce damage caused by potholes and other road hazards.
6. Something that we don’t often think about is the impact of medications on driving: For many of us, spring means seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter allergy medications can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving abilities.
Would you like to test your driving safety knowledge? Just paste the link below and take a quiz provided by American Association of Retired Persons. Enjoy a great spring, have fun, and be safe.