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7 Hazards to watch for when driving this spring

Spring is in the air. Daffodils are blooming. The trees are budding. Drivers are not worried about ice and snow any longer. But that does not mean that the roads are completely safe. There are plenty of problems on the roads in spring. Here are seven things you should be aware of as the earth thaws out:

· Potholes

Potholes are caused when water in the pavement freezes and expands. The gravel softens. When spring comes, cars drive over the softer ground and break the pavement. These potholes have to be reported and filled, and sometimes refilled several times as the full extent of the winter damage is observed.

· Ugly weather

Spring storms can be quite deadly. Pull over to a safe place if the weather turns threatening, for example, a tornado or large hail.

· Water on the road

April showers bring May flowers. April showers also bring wet pavement. When you see a puddle on the road, you do not know what is lurking under the surface. There could be a pothole, but hydroplaning and splashing other drivers are also problems which lead to accidents. Make sure your tires are in good condition this spring to have good traction on the road.

· Construction

Road work resumes in the spring. You should be aware of highway maintenance on your commute and plan accordingly. Drive carefully through work zones and increase your following distance.

· Animals more populous

Over the winter, many animals hibernate. Warmer weather brings the animals out foraging for food. Be alert when you are driving, especially in the early morning and evening.

· Vehicles come out of storage

People take their "summer" vehicles such as motorcycles, bikes or trailers out of storage. If you are one of those people, make sure you have your mechanic inspect your vehicle to avoid breakdowns or accidents from unsafe tire conditions or brake lights.

· Improperly maintained vehicles

Winter is hard on a car or truck. It is a good idea to replace your windshield wipers and inspect your car in the spring for any damage that occurred over the cold months. Drivers who do not take care of their cars risk accidents.

Be safe on the road

More drivers get back out on the road in the spring for road trips and other plans. Be aware that there are still hazards to w atch for. Know what to do if you are in a car accident. If you are in a serious accident due to someone's negligence, you might benefit from the counsel of an attorney before settling with the insurance company.

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