Seasonal Changes – Such as the Change to Spring – Can Cause Car Accidents

Any seasonal changes can result in more car accidents. There are many reasons for this:

1) Seasonal maintenance. Most cars require at least some maintenance after a long winter, but many drivers fail to do this. If it has been a while since your car has a tune up, now is the time to take your car to a mechanic and ensure that your vehicle is safe for the warmer months.

2) Changing weather conditions. Warmer weather can make it harder to concentrate and warmer weather also often brings rains, which can make winter roads slippery. Slow down and acclimatize yourself to changes in weather before charging ahead.

3) Different sun situations. The sun tends to be brighter at this time of year, and also produces more of a glare. You may find, for example, that the sun is right in your eyes when you drive home at this time of year. Blinding sun, however, can make it hard to see. Make sure you use your visor and carry a pair of sunglasses in your car for those bright days. As well, keep your windshield clean so that the glare is easier to handle.

4) Roadwork in the warmer weather. Warmer weather usually means construction work on the roads as well as the obvious signs of winter weather wear. It’s time to make sure you listen to weather reports before you leave the house and plan your route accordingly. Try to maintain your patience and drive extra cautiously around road work.

5) More pedestrians. Warm weather and spring usually means more strollers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, which can increase the chances of a pedestrian accident or bicycle accident. Continue to watch for pedestrians and bicycles. Consider glancing over maps for your most-frequented routes. Are there trails nearby or schools? Use extra caution around bicycle lanes, places where walking trails cross the road, and other dangerous areas.

6) New distractions. Each season has its distractions. In the winter, it’s holiday lights. In the fall, it’s beautiful leaves. In spring, flowers, gardens, and spring events can all pose a distraction on the road. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers, however. Keep your eyes on the road and your mind on the driving. If you are unable to do so, pull over.

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