Safe driving practices for the spring season

There are a multitude of noticeable changes that happen every year here in California as the winter season slowly transitions into spring. A favorite time of year for many, one thing you will most likely see is an increase in activity both on and around many of the state’s roadways. Increased motor vehicle traffic and higher levels of pedestrian activity can create an environment for which drivers should try to remain as alert and cautious as possible. 

Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow to increase your chances of staying out of harm’s way whenever you need to travel during the weeks and months ahead. After surviving the winter weather, checking your tire pressure levels and restoring them to normal if needed, along with replacing your windshield wipers if they wear down, can help ensure a smoother drive. Once you’re behind the wheel and out on the road, here are some other practices that could prove invaluable to your safety: 

  • Slow down during rainy weather: Wet pavement is a contributing factor in a myriad of motor vehicle accidents. Reducing your speed can provide you with more time to come to a sudden stop should circumstances call for it. 
  • Be aware of others sharing the roadways: Typically, springtime results in many more individuals using their motorcycles or bikes for transportation along with numerous runners and walkers in close proximity to — if not directly on — certain roads.  
  • Exercise caution near construction zones: There is often a large increase in the number of construction projects on the roadways during this time of year. Remaining vigilant of all the workers and their vehicles whenever you approach one of these areas can help keep all parties safe.  
  • Watch out for animals: From certain types of wildlife to some domesticated pets, your chances of encountering an animal while behind the wheel of your vehicle increase once the transition into spring weather takes place.  

What if you’re involved in an accident through no fault of your own? 

Sadly, even the safest of drivers who practice all of the tips above can still become involved in an accident due to another party’s reckless or negligent actions. If you were the victim of any type of motor vehicle accident, you may have the right to pursue compensation for many of the unfortunate expenses you are most likely incurring along with any lost income from being unable to work. A successfully litigated personal injury claim in a California civil court could provide you with monetary damages, allowing you to better focus on your recovery and move forward.