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Top 5 tips for spring driving

Spring is in the air, evenings are getting lighter and days are getting warmer.

While many of you are jumping for joy that winter has finally passed and dark and dreary mornings spent defrosting your car and avoiding black ice are a thing of the past, the new season brings with it fresh dangers.


Here are our top 5 spring driving tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads this spring.

Slow down for impending spring showers

Spring time is a season of warmth and growth, but it’s not without the occasional rainstorm.

Did you know that roads are the most slippery when it first begins to rain? This is caused by the rainwater mixing with contaminants on the road, such as oil and grease.

Top tips for driving in rain

  • Keep your headlights on when driving in the rain to help increase visibility and help prevent accidents
  • Leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, as speeding in the rain can increase the risk of accidents
  • Braking times are doubled in the rain, so be sure to increase your following distance
Driving in the rain can be scary, so if you want to find out more, just head over to the RAC website and have a read of their top tips for driving in rain and floods.

Don't become victim to a pothole

After the harsh conditions of winter, potholes are a big problem come spring, making our roads look like a road adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey

What's more, heavy rain can fill them with water, making them difficult to see.

These monsters can damage your car, leading to expensive repairs.
 

Top tips for avoiding potholes

  • Leave enough space between your car and the pothole
  • Keep to speed limits to avoid going too fast over potholes
  • Check your tyre pressure regularly to reduce the chance of damage

For more on potholes check out our guide on all you need to know about potholes.

Protect your eyes for the sun's glare

Winter is in our rear-view mirror and bright, sunny days are ahead.

Most of us welcome the sun, but we might not always be the biggest fans of its glare when we're behind the wheel.

Did you know that the sun's glare can temporarily blind drivers and can be a huge risk on the road. And in case you needed reminding, temporary blindness never mixes well with operating motor vehicles.

Top tips for dealing with the sun's glare

  • Pack a pair of sunglasses or a hat to keep your eyes shaded
  • Make sure your windscreen is clear from any smudges
  • Adjust your mirrors, even when the sun isn't directly in your line of sight, as the reflections can be even more troublesome

Want to find out more about driving in the sun? Head on over to MoneySuperMarket.com and have a read of their blog, How to drive in sun glare

Prepare for those high pollen days

Hay fever. For the non-sufferers among you, may seem like the odd sneeze here, the occasional scratchy throat there, and not much more.

But, for you hay fever sufferers out there, you know just how bad it can be. The pressure in your head, the sore eyes… we won’t go into more detail.

When that pesky pollen count gets high, it can make everyday tasks much more difficult; driving included.

Top tips for driving with hay fever 

  • Not all antihistamines are the same, so make sure your medication is non-drowsy before setting off
  • Always carry sunglasses, as they can stop the pollen getting in your eyes
  • Give your car a good spring clean and vacuum away all the dust

Want to find out more about driving with hay fever? IAM RoadSmart have pulled together some top tips to help you out during the worst of the hay fever season.

Beware of cyclists hitting the road 

You might've seen the odd cyclist hit the roads through winter, but those number are about to multiply once the good weather hits.

It might take a bit of effort to re-adjust to sharing the road with so many cyclists and motorcyclists after a long winter without many, but it’s important to stay alert.

Remember, they have just as much right to be on the road as any other vehicle. 

Top tips for sharing the road with cyclists

  • Leave ample room to overtake safely, the Highway Code already states that drivers have to leave a reasonable distance of 1.5 metres between their car and cyclists on the road
  • Don't forget to signal to let other road users know what's going on
  • Be polite. They might be slowing your journey down, but they're not trying to be annoying to you

Want to find out more? Have a read of Smart Motorists' top tips for sharing the road with cyclists.

And there you have it folks, our top tips on spring driving. Want to check out some of our other driving tips? Head on over to our 1ST CENTRAL hub and get in the know.

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