Spring will be here before we know it and can enjoy warmer weather and beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, spring can also bring rain showers, cyclists, pedestrians and construction work, which can also increase the risk of car accidents. However, if you take extra precautions, you can stay safe on the road. Here are some tips to avoid car accidents in the springtime.

Drive slower during a rainstorm

There might not be any more snow to worry about in the springtime, but there will be plenty of rainfall. Rain can make roads extra slick, increasing the risk of vehicle accidents. One of the most effective ways to avoid accidents during a rainstorm is to slow down. Don’t hesitate to drive a few miles below the speed limit. Slowing down will reduce the risk of hydroplaning, which happens when a car’s tires lose contact with the road.

Look out for bicyclists and pedestrians

With warmer temperatures, you can expect to see many more pedestrians and bicyclists out and about. Unfortunately, more pedestrians and bicyclists are hit by vehicles when the weather warms up. It’s your responsibility to keep a look-out for them while you’re behind the wheel.

Be aware of construction crews

Spring’s warm temperatures also give construction crews the opportunity to start working on their projects. It’s important to be aware of construction zones as you drive and slow down accordingly. If you fail to slow down your vehicle, you could injure workers and increase the risk of accidents.

Avoid driving over potholes

Winter freezing and thawing can result in multiple potholes on road surfaces. Driving over these potholes can cause damage to your vehicle and cause you to lose control of your vehicle. When you’re driving in the spring, keep a lookout for potholes on the road and drive around them.

Wear sunglasses

When spring rolls around, we can expect more sunny days. While sunshine is great most of the time, it can be a hassle when you’re behind the wheel. The sun’s glare can decrease your visibility and increase your risk of hitting another vehicle. To avoid accidents, remember to wear sunglasses when you drive.

Be alert for wildlife on the road

The warmer weather also brings deer and other wild animals out and about. When you’re driving, keep a lookout for animals on the road. If you see an animal walking on the road, slow down your vehicle.

Even if you’re a careful driver, accidents can still happen. If you were involved in a car accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Bethesda Car Accident Lawyer today to discuss your case in detail.

Thanks to Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and car accident injuries.

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