The start of spring brings a warmer climate and brighter days (for most parts of the country), but it does mean that some things change on the road…
Spring is here, and while some parts of the country begin to experience lighter days and warmer temperatures, a change of season requires a few changes to the way we drive.
While most of us are thrilled about the extra bit of sunlight that comes with spring, sun glare can be a driving hazard if we don’t prepare for it. Make sure you keep a pair of good sunglasses with you whenever you drive and that your windscreen is clean and clear from dust particles, scratches and chips at all times. Your vehicle’s sun visor is of course essential when driving into sunlight.
As summer approaches you’ll find more cyclists and other forms of road users out and about, so take care when sharing the road when them. Mutual respect is key and although it is unfortunate that not everyone gets it right at the best of times, try not to lose your cool or to let road rage get the better of you when someone isn’t using the road to your liking. It is better to avoid a confrontation and move on than it is to cause a scene and increase the risk of an accident.
There is also likely to be an increase in pedestrians, animals and children crossing the roads or walking along pavements during springtime. Take caution when driving near them and give way to them where possible – especially at pedestrian crossings! Watch out for sports activities happening near public roads where things like soccer balls could wonder across the street and catch you off guard.
With spring in the air, we encourage all our WOW readers to keep up with their regular vehicle maintenance checks, regardless of the season. Happy driving!