Springtime brings rain and the after effects of winter weather: potholes and uneven pavements. It is time to start thinking about how the change in seasons may affect your driving. So keep the following driving tips in mind before you travel:
Slow down on the roads when it is wet. You will also need to increase your following distance as your stopping distance has increased due to the wet conditions. Roads can become very slippery so stay alert. Heavy rainfalls can also cause flooding so it is always a good idea to check and find a plan B route before travelling.
Share the road
The warmer weather brings out: cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Road works may cause pedestrians to walk into the road so always keep your eyes peeled. Always slow down and pay attention when you are driving through residential and school zones.
Even though the weather is getting warmer it can still snowfall and freezing temperatures. The sun will gradually melt the snow making the road conditions wet and then can freeze when the temperatures drop again causing ice to form so slow down.
Around South Yorkshire we have plenty of potholes. So, if it is possible, go around them. But don't swerve out into the roads when other road users are around as this can cause accidents. Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment or worse, forcing you to buy a new wheel and a new tyre, causing a large payout.
Avoid driving through puddles as the water can impair your brakes, reduce your visibility or can cause aquaplaning which can be dangerous. Puddles can also disguise potholes so always be aware and avoid them if you can.
Keep your tyres inflated fully as they can reduce the damage caused by potholes and other road hazards.
So in conclusion, drive as normal but just use some common sense. If you have any questions about the safety of your vehicle through the spring, simply contact one of our Aftersales team members.