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Spring Driving Tips

Spring is quickly approaching and you will see some clearer skies and better weather here in California. You may believe that driving conditions will become a bit safer with warmer weather. However, driving dangers do occur during the springtime for a number of reasons, and you should take extra precautions to stay safe on the road.

Why Is Spring a Dangerous Time for Drivers?

Spring can increase several hazards on the roads. First, spring can bring rain and slippery roads, even in sunny places like San Jose. Wet pavement can lead to accidents on the road, especially in areas where drivers are not accustomed to driving in the rain.

In addition, the weather is a bit warmer in the spring and more bicyclists and motorcyclists may be on the road, which can increase collisions between these riders and motor vehicles. Sunny weather can also bring more pedestrians, which can also increase the risk of pedestrian collisions.

#1: Take Your Car for a Regular Tune-Up

You should take your car into a repair shop at least once per year or as often as your manufacturer recommends. When it comes to staying safe on the road, making sure everything is in working order in your vehicle is top priority. Your mechanic will check your engine, the spark plugs and plug wires, and your air and fuel filters.

The tune-up will also ensure that your belts, hoses, and fluids are in working order. Before the spring comes, bring your car into a repair shop to make sure your vehicle is ready to drive on springtime roads.

#2: Double-Check Your Vehicle Fluids

Before you start driving in the spring, make sure to replace and check your vehicle fluids. Leaving your transmission fluid unchecked can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. When the springtime hits, take advantage of your vehicle maintenance and flush your transmission fluid.

While you are checking your vehicle fluids, make sure to examine the status of your cooling system fluids, brake fluids, and window washing fluids. Replace any fluids if necessary. In addition, you should also change your oil, especially if the last time you did so was before winter. Experts recommend that you change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

#3: Perform a Brake Inspection

Your brakes are vital to staying safe on the road, especially during slippery spring showers. You should ensure that your brakes are in good working order before you start driving. Enlist the services of a mechanic to examine your brakes, your rotors, and your pads. He or she should be able to tell you if you need any repairs and replacements.

#4: Check Your Lights

Your lights are also important for staying safe on the road, especially in foggy or rainy springtime weather. You need your lights for optimal visibility, so make sure that all your lights are working. Check your headlights, brake lights, turn signal lights, and parking and backup lights. If you notice any broken lights, replace them as soon as possible.

#5: Do Not Drive While Sleepy

Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is dangerous, but many drivers do not realize how dangerous drowsy driving can be. Especially on slippery spring roads, driving while tired can lead to severe accidents. Make sure you get enough sleep before starting to drive, eat a healthy breakfast for optimal energy, and keep energy-boosting snacks on hand for long drives.

#6: Watch for Pedestrians and Cyclists

Warm spring weather can bring out more people on bikes, motorcycles, and pedestrians. Keep your eyes open for these people on the roads, especially around residential or recreational areas. Check your mirrors for motorcyclists and bicyclists on the road.

Following these tips can help you stay safe on California roads during the springtime. However, accidents and unexpected circumstances do happen. If you are involved in a car accident, seek the help of a San Jose personal injury attorney as soon as possible.