Everyone loves going for a drive when the weather starts to warm up, but every change of season requires some adjustments to your driving habits. Below we will go over five dangers of spring driving to be aware of with the transition into the warmer weather.
1. Increased Wild Life Activity
During spring, wildlife is often just coming out of hibernation or are ever more active, so there is an increase of animal traffic on highways.
2. Possible Icy Conditions
In spring, the snow melts on roadways during the day, but the temperature still drops below freezing at night. This can create icy road conditions in the early morning and at night.
3. Pot Holes
Saskatchewan is famous for these! Caused by the freeze-thaw cycles in early spring, pot holes can easily damage your vehicle if you are not careful to avoid them or approach them with caution.
4. Snow Melt Off & Spring Rain
With spring comes the spring rain and snow melt off! The mass amount of water can sit on roadways and can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. There are also times when it will suddenly start snowing then either melts or freeze instantly which can make driving quite treacherous.
5. Over Inflated Tires
Unlike the winter where cold weather can decrease your tire pressure, warm weather can increase the tire pressure. So in the beginning of spring check your tires frequently as the temperature will be fluctuating.
Often we don’t anticipate the dangers that come with spring driving, but they do exist! Hopefully this list helped you become more aware of the dangers that can arise.