Spring Driving Hazards

Bike riding on country road

Drastic weather changes, increased traffic, and the temptation to get out and get moving are springtime hazards drivers must prepare for. Drivers must be able to recognize these hazards and apply the right defenses. Read the information below, and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash.

Recognize the Hazards

Environment

  • Adverse weather
    • Severe thunderstorms
    • High winds
    • Tornadoes
    • Fog
    • Rock/landslides
    • Late winter weather
  • Sun glare
  • Damaged roads
  • Potholes
  • Road construction
    • Varying speed limits
    • Lane closures
    • Flaggers
  • Increased traffic
    • Holiday travelers
    • Farm vehicles
    • Bicyclists/motorcyclists
    • Pedestrians
    • Animals

Personal behaviors

  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Following too closely
  • Distractions
  • Impatience
  • Complacency due to warm weather
  • Driving while ill or fatigued
    • Allergies
    • Time change 

Know the Defense

Observe proper speed for conditions

  • Reduce speed to below the posted limit, especially on ramps and turns or in adverse conditions
  • Adjust speed based on road conditions

React properly to hazards

  • Do not use cruise control on slippery or wet surfaces
  • Pull over if driving conditions are too hazardous to drive

Maintain proper following distance

  • Keep a minimum of six seconds behind the vehicle in front of you
  • Add one second of following distance for each additional hazard present

Be attentive to the road ahead

  • Be vigilant in pedestrian areas
  • Share the road with farm vehicles, motorcyclists, and bicyclists
  • Monitor weather forecasts
  • Watch traffic for signs of deteriorating road conditions ahead

Avoid distractions

  • Store cell phone while driving
  • Do not eat or drink while driving
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Wear polarized sunglasses

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.

 

The information in this article is provided as a courtesy of Great West Casualty Company and is part of the Value-Driven® Company program. Value-Driven Company was created to help educate and inform insureds so they can make better decisions, build a culture that values safety, and manage risk more effectively. To see what additional resources Great West Casualty Company can provide for its insureds, please contact your safety representative, or click below to find an agent.

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