With Spring in full swing, it’s important to remember that the transition from cold to warmer temperatures can bring about many perils on Tennessee roadways.
Snowfall in April is not uncommon, and when accompanied by Spring rains, overall driving conditions can become very unsafe, especially on highways. Here are some tips and important reminders for the coming months as Summer approaches:
Deer Activity – Many animals are emerging from hibernation and becoming more active, posing a danger on Tennessee roads, especially deer. Be on the lookout for deer and other animal crossings. When you see a deer on the road, expect more to follow. Oftentimes, motorists collide with a second or third deer that follows the first. Do not abruptly swerve to avoid a deer as that will likely make an accident worse and increase the potential for serious injury to you and others.
Flooding – Large puddles can accumulate on the road and lead to poor tire traction and hydroplaning. Be sure to avoid excessive speed during and after a rainfall and snow. Slick roads typically increase normal stopping distances by up to 4 times longer, so be cautious.
Cyclists and Joggers – Warmer weather means an increase in roadside exercisers. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists on roadway shoulders, particularly at dusk and dawn.
Service Your Vehicle – Now is a good time to have your car serviced after the recent cold weather months. Replace wiper blades, have tires inflated/rotated, check brake lights and perform other maintenance tasks to ensure your vehicle is operating safely.
Don’t Be Distracted – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so please remember that other tasks or activities can wait while you’re behind the wheel. Be sure to assign important communications to a passenger or simply wait until you arrive at your destination to correspond with others.
See also: Basics of Road Safety Part 1 and Part 2
Stillman and Friedland wish you and your family a pleasant Spring and great beginning to the Summer. Enjoy the warmer weather and stay safe out there.
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