Spring is just around the corner, which means all the snow and ice that has been covering the roads for the past few months will be starting to melt away. This is good news for drivers—spring conditions are usually much more favourable for safe and pleasant driving. Just because the slush is cleared, however, doesn’t mean that there aren’t dangerous on the road in the springtime. Here are some of the most common spring driving hazards and how you can avoid them.
Rain and Flooding
As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Slippery spring roads can cause serious accidents by reducing your car’s handling and responsiveness, making it more difficult for you to stop immediately in an emergency situation. Large puddles can also decrease traction and lead to hydroplaning. Protect your vehicle against wet spring roads by ensuring that your windshield wipers are working properly and replacing them if necessary to improve visibility and having your brakes inspected and repaired as well to prevent any skittishness on the road.
Harsh winter conditions can take a toll on roads. By the time the snow starts to melt, new potholes and cracks may be covering the road, making driving less predictable and smooth. The best way to keep yourself safe while driving down battered and bumpy roads is to:
- Make sure all your lights are working to maximize your visibility, including headlights, tail lights, turn signals and brake lights.
- Slow down and drive carefully—be sure not to speed on roads that are in bad condition.
- Check your tire pressure and alignment. Tires that are in good condition will be better prepared to drive down any surface.
If you experience any difficulties on the road this season, the experienced and professional team at City Wide Towing can help you out of any situation. Our expansive fleet of tow trucks are prepared to assist vehicles of all sizes in any number of response scenarios. For the fastest, more reliable tow truck service in Calgary and the surrounding area, contact us today at City Wide Towing.