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5 Driving Safety Tips for Spring

Winter has come and gone (we think…did we even have a winter??) and Spring is in the air! The arrival of this new season brings changes in weather conditions that call for adjustments to your driving habits. Although we should expect warmer temperatures and sunny skies, there are still some hazards that you need to be aware of during this time. Here are 5 Driving Safety Tips for Spring!

Rainy Weather – The month of April is famous for delivering scattered rain showers. Due to this change in weather, you’ll need to accommodate your driving style accordingly and make sure that you’re car is ready to handle the conditions. Get your windshield wipers, tires and brakes checked out to ensure that they’re functioning properly. If you catch yourself driving during a rainstorm, reduce your speed and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.

Tornado Watch – Springtime is also prone to some more dangerous weather, such as hail and tornados. If you’re out driving during a tornado watch, it’s important that you do not stay in your car under any circumstance. Pull over and find a building, bridge or shelter where you can stay until the storm dies down. If you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, find a ditch and lie down with your head covered so that you can protect yourself from any flying debris.

Bikers & Pedestrians – With nicer weather approaching, you’ll start to see more bike riders, joggers, and walkers outside. Make sure that you’re always aware of your surroundings and paying attention for crosswalks and bike paths. Sometimes bikers will veer off from their designated paths and end up in the street, so practice patience and avoid trying to go around them if you find yourself in this situation.

Foggy Mornings – Predominant rain showers can also lead to a higher chance of fog in the mornings. If you wake up to a foggy morning, make sure that you stick with your low beams and avoid using high beams. This will cause a disturbance in visibility by bouncing off of the fog and creating glare.

Beware of Mud – With heavy storm activity looming, you can also expect a lot of mud on the roads, which usually create slippery surfaces. Driving on muddy roads requires precise steering and braking to help avoid sliding or losing control. Make sure you also have the necessary tools in your car in case you get stuck in the mud. This can include rope, chains, and traction pads.

With Spring officially here, make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to have an agent review your policy to confirm that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insured through us!

5 Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

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Fall is a wonderful time for family, holidays, and football; however, there are also some downsides during this period. Torrential rains and other forms of precipitation frequently transpire, which can be a cause of concern when you’re out on the road. It’s important to be prepared in case this severe weather strikes to avoid any property damage or injury. Here are five tips for driving in stormy weather!

Prepare Your Car – Since your vehicle has just endured the summer conditions, it’s time to make some adjustments for the nastier fall weather. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in pristine condition and that your tires and breaks are functioning properly. You may also want to replace your light bulbs and clean your headlights so that other drivers can see your vehicle in fog and thick rain.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Rainy weather changes everything on the road, which is why it’s important that you adjust to a change in driving patterns. Be aware of larger vehicles on the road and keep an extra 5-foot distance between you and the car in front of you so that you have more time to react to traffic. Always avoid breaking on wet leaves and be on the lookout for large puddles, along with other wet surfaces.

Adjust Your Driving – When it rains, the water mixes with the oil and grease infused in the streets and creates a very slippery surface. Because of this, it’s important to lower your speed and refrain from slamming on your breaks. This can cause your car to hydroplane and spin out of control, which can lead to a serious accident. Hydroplaning is very common even among safe drivers, so it’s important to remain calm and know how to handle the situation. If you find yourself hydroplaning, remember to gently ease your foot off of the gas and turn your steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go.

Pull Over – If the rainfall gets to a point where it’s virtually impossible to see what’s in front of you, then the best solution is to pull over to the side of the road and wait it out. Call your boss or whomever you’re meeting with and inform them of the situation – they will most certainly understand. Rushing to get somewhere on time in horrible weather is not worth risking your life.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown! – Contrary to popular belief, cars do not float, which is why you need to be aware of any signs of flooded areas. Driving into flooded areas can be dangerous and even deadly, so be smart and turn around – even if you’re not sure how deep the water is. Take our advice and don’t let your car get washed away!

With the change of seasons, it’s also a great time to make sure that all of your insurance needs are up-to-date. Give us a call at 1-800-Thanks-Al to have an agent make sure that your auto insurance has the right amount of coverage for your family and your needs. We can also ensure that you are getting the best rate for your policy. You might even qualify for additional discounts, especially if you have your home insurance with us.

From all of us at Al Boenker Insurance, we hope that these tips find you well and keep you safe during the upcoming months!