We all look forward to the changing of seasons, some seasons more than others. Whether the summer sun hits your sweet spot or the changing colors of fall call to you, seasonal transitions affect us all when we’re on the road. Some may believe wintertime is the only season to take heed of safe driving tips but we want to bring your attention to the hazards attributed to each season to keep you aware and alert year-round. Follow our seasonal driving tips to stay safe in every type of weather this year.
Spring Driving Tips
Spring is the perfect time of year for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, many drivers will notice that potholes in local roads and highways tend to be worse this time of year. The main cause for spring potholes is that as temperatures increase, concrete and pavement warm up and have a tendency to crack. As cars and large trucks drive over these cracked portions of pavement, potholes form easily.
We recommend that any drivers with even a small chip or crack in their auto glass have it repaired as soon as possible. This should be done before the warmer temperatures hit and before an increase in the number of large potholes on the road pushes the auto glass damage beyond repair. All it takes is driving over one pothole to increase the size and severity of a crack significantly.
Summer Driving Tips
Summer can be a great time to pack up the car and head off on an exciting road trip with family and friends. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe under the sun with the guidelines given below.
- Don’t text and drive! Distractions are a leading cause of accidents.
- Stay aware of your surroundings - make sure you’re looking where you’re going.
- Change your oil and oil filter on schedule to maintain solid engine performance.
- Pack an emergency roadside kit for road trips (i.e., jumper cables, water, first aid kit).
- Traffic and construction tend to increase during the summer but don’t speed up around it!
Overall, summer driving can be very enjoyable, but it is important to keep these tips in mind to ensure the roads remain safe.
Fall Driving Tips
Fall is a favored season filled with the remarkable colors of nature as well as unpredictable weather. As fun as it is to set out on a crisp autumn drive, there are a few particular points to watch out for as you cruise through the neighborhood.
- Frost in the mornings can be a frustration but also dangerous to your visibility. Be sure to give yourself sufficient time in the morning to defrost your windshield, slowly, before you set out for the day.
- An increase of deer in the roads is another big concern during this season. One deer indicates others are near. Driving slower can save your life and theirs.
- Watch out for slippery wet leaves. Even good tires can take a turn for the worst.
- Fog is another driving downfall and can decrease visibility. Maintain a good distance between you and the car in front of you and be sure to use your low beams.
Winter Driving Tips
Winter is a wonderland of snowy streets and holiday cheer but also burdens drivers with black ice on slick streets, hail hurdling toward your windshield and drastically decreased visibility on the roads. Maintaining your vehicle year-round and preparing for winter ahead of time by getting your car serviced with all the proper bells and whistles (i.e., fluids and winter tires) can help you motor through the season, safely. We recommend taking proper precautions this winter to lower your chances of a collision. Outlined below are general road safety tips that will help you dodge danger during the winter season.
- Always remember to have everyone in the vehicle buckle up!
- Get the proper amount of rest to reduce winter weather driving risks.
- Ensure your tires are properly inflated before driving anywhere and replace them when they are worn down.
- Weatherizing your vehicle with the proper snow tires, freeze-resistant wiper fluid, new windshield wipers, if needed, and coolant with the correct mixture of antifreeze/water to prevent fluid from freezing in your radiator is key to keeping you out of harm’s way.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- Try not to use your parking brake in cold, rainy, or snowy weather.
- Avoid the use of cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces (wet, black ice).
Another winter driving safety tip is to keep a winter roadside kit in your vehicle with resources you may need in an emergency, such as an ice scraper, flashlight, flares, blankets, protein bars, bottled water and any other useful tools if your car breaks down.
Glass America wants you to be safe and sound in each and every season this year. Driving disasters, although unpredictable, are often preventable if you heed seasonal driving advice. Our technicians want you to know that if you find yourself needing repairs, we’re just a phone call away from getting you back on the road and ready to weather the weather.
Call Glass America today at (877) 220-1724! You'll be glad you did!