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Safety - Drive Smart

POTHOLES …CONSTRUCTION …PEDESTRIANS …OH MY!

Winter wreaks havoc on our roads between all of the salt, snow plows, freezing and thawing. Thank goodness spring is right around the corner; however, this time of year has its challenges as well. We will see increased amount of foot traffic and potholes as well as the construction crews to fix the damages from the winter. With that being said, it is very important to keep an eye on what is going on around you.

AVOID THE PIT!

Potholes over the course of the winter months will increase in size and depth because of all of the freezing and thawing that occurs through the season. With their size and depth increasing, this poses threats to vehicles on the road. During the spring, rain and water will fill up these holes making it very hard to judge their magnitude. First things first, make sure your tires are inflated properly. Secondly, you want to make sure you know what is going on around you all the time; where other vehicles are especially. If you need to make a sudden move to avoid a “pit,” you don’t want to cause an accident because of it. In the case that you must drive over the pothole, SLOW DOWN! Allowing your vehicle to slowly absorb the shock as well as avoiding any damage that might occur.

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CAUTION! CONTRUCTION ZONE!

After all of the treacherous roads that we traveled through the past couple of months. Many of us want to just get in the car, roll the windows down, and cruise along to your favorite songs! We are cruising down the road when all of a sudden we see the dreaded “Warning Construction Ahead” sign. We get frustrated or annoyed that we have to slow down, merge, or worse, wait at a standstill. We need to keep in mind that our roads will need a lot of work to recover from the winter. Our construction crews do the best they can do to alleviate the headache of poorly maintained roads by filling in the dangerous potholes that were created. Just remember to have a little bit of patience, slow down, and relax, because they are trying to make sure you don’t end up on the side of the road or in the mechanic shop.

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LOOK OUT!

There are pedestrians everywhere in the spring time; the weather is finally nice enough to either take a leisurely walk or avoid the cost associated with driving and walk to work. As a driver we need to keep an eye out for people who may be walking in the cross walk and stop to allow them proper time to cross. Many cities have pedestrian signals at most intersections however; the driving laws still allow you to turn right on red unless otherwise posted. Before proceeding to turn on red, ensure that there are no pedestrians who are trying to cross because they have the right of way in this scenario.

Drive Smart - Spring Driving