As we move into spring and (hopefully) say goodbye to winter weather, it’s important to keep in mind factors that might make driving a little more chaotic. Paying attention to your surroundings while driving is important year-round, but spring presents some driving challenges that won’t be as common during winter. Here are three big things to remember while driving this season.
Not all rodents hibernate, but many are less out-and-about during colder weather. Thus, it follows that warmer weather = more rodents running around. Spring is also the mating season for wild birds, and deer are active during spring because it’s when their fawns are born, according to WildlifeCenter.org. Keeping an eye out for critters, birds and deer on the roads during spring is important not just for their safety, but for yours, too; 200 people die each year from vehicle-wildlife accidents, according to High Country News.
Cycling-related sales skyrocketed in 2020 due to COVID-19, according to this NPD press release. It goes without saying that warmer weather will only encourage this trend. As you’re driving this spring, remember that we share the roads with cyclists.
Driving conditions are an important factor to consider whether it’s warm or cold. However, spring presents some unique challenges regarding weather and roads. As the snow melts you’ll probably notice some new potholes in your area. One-third of traffic accidents that result in death involve bad roads, and potholes aren’t exclusive to snowy states, according to Pothole.info. Additionally, rain is to be expected throughout the season, but occasionally we see snow as late as April, too. Either form of precipitation will make you 34% more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident, according to this 2019 study. While you’re driving this spring, look out for potholes, rain and snow.
Don’t let the chaos of spring hold you back from driving this season; there will always be risks and challenges no matter the time of year. Stay safe by simply preparing yourself to encounter these risks before they happen.