As springtime peeks her head out from underneath the snow, the rest of the world seems to follow suit. People who have been trapped indoors for months are ready for sunshine and warmer temperatures. Bikers and walkers take to the streets in search of exercise and fresh air. With the warmer weather comes various dangers for almost anyone on the road. However, several safety tips can help keep you safe on the roads no matter if you are walking, biking, or driving.
While pedestrians must follow the laws of the road, nearly everyone has seen someone walking and texting or chatting on their cell phone. Joggers with earbuds in place might be listening to their favorite tunes, oblivious to traffic. As such, motorists should drive carefully, especially on residential roads. Children might be outdoors, enjoying the warmer weather as well. Scan the roads and watch for runaway balls — a child is likely close at hand.
Upkeep on Your Vehicle
Check your windshield wiper blades to make sure they are working properly and ready for rain. They should be changed annually, depending on where you live. In rainy weather, slow down and make sure to keep enough distance between your car and the one ahead of you. In addition, check your tire pressure. You will improve your gas mileage, and your car will be better able to navigate road hazards.
When rain first begins to fall, the roads will likely be slicker from oil and dirt on the pavement. Use extra caution when driving in these conditions. Steer away from large puddles when possible. They might hide potholes, and the water can decrease braking time, endangering driving conditions even further. A large splash of water on your windshield can temporarily reduce visibility as well. If you lose control of the car and start to hydroplane, let up on the gas. Braking or quickly turning your steering wheel can result in an accident.
Another danger of rainy weather is flooding, which can happen almost anywhere. Across the nation, flooding claims the lives of more people than any other weather-related disaster. Just 12 inches of flowing water can sweep a vehicle off the road. A flooded road can also be in danger of collapsing, so if you approach a road covered with water, choose another road.
When snow and ice melts, potholes appear, especially in areas where the roads have been salted or damaged due to harsh weather. Avoid potholes whenever possible, but if you must drive over them, navigate slowly and carefully to protect your tires and help keep your vehicle from going out of alignment.
Contact Hancock Injury Attorneys
As the weather warms, motorists need to be aware of the potential safety concerns on the roads. Pedestrians, bikers, vehicle safety concerns, rainy weather, and dangerous road conditions are just some of the possible road hazards. Even when you follow the rules of the road, accidents can still happen. If you suffered injuries after a collision, the Hancock Injury Lawyers will work to help you pursue financial compensation. Contact us today so we can help get you on the road to recovery.