Spring driving challenges in Philadelphia

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Personal Injury

While it’s not always known as the riskiest weather to drive in, that doesn’t mean that spring weather is completely safe. Knowing the weather-related hazards that pop up this time of year can help you travel more efficiently.

  • Rain: Precipitation tends to move from ice and snow to rain. This can make for slippery roads and limited visibility. Ensuring all your lights are functioning and your tires aren’t bald can help in these conditions.
  • Potholes: The intense freeze-thaw cycles of winter can lead to dangerously uneven pavement. It can be helpful to report large potholes to the city to avoid collisions or car issues. Maintaining a safe following distance is also vital so each car can react accordingly when encountering intense potholes or other obstacles.
  • Construction: Warmer weather often leads to more construction and renovation projects starting up again. Slowing down when you see a project site is crucial, even if you don’t notice a reduced speed limit sign posted. Construction workers are often in vulnerable positions to help improve roads, so it’s only right to give them the space they need to complete the project at hand.
  • Pedestrians: More tolerable conditions can also bring about more walkers, runners, cyclists and more. Always watching for smaller travelers and signs indicating crosswalks can help you do your part to keep the roads safe for everyone.
  • Allergies: Seasonal allergies can flare in the springtime as the weather warms up enough for plants to grow again. It’s essential to ensure you don’t drive if your allergy medication makes you drowsy or if your allergic reaction makes it difficult for you to focus.

This list isn’t expansive but can help you at least begin to rethink your behind-the-wheel habits this upcoming spring.

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