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Spring Driving Safety Tips
Each season brings its own challenges to drivers. In the spring, the main concerns for New England drivers is melting snow, pot holes, and fog. Here are a few of the main challenges New Hampshire drivers face in the spring, and how to avoid them:
- Potholes are rampant after long New England winters. Always keep your eyes peeled for potholes if you want to avoid getting a flat tire. One way to keep an eye out is to pay close attention to the driver in front of you. If you see them swerving for apparently no reason, there is probably a pot hole ahead that you will need to avoid.
- Misty and foggy weather is common during the spring. Use your fog lights and pay close attention to the road through foggy areas.
- Animal crossings are more common during the spring because it is mating season for many types of wildlife. If you see any animal crossing signs on the road, take note.
- In cities and suburban areas, more than just wildlife starts to stir. More pedestrians, runners, cyclists, skateboarders, and skaters will be on the road once winter starts to fade away. Be aware that you will be sharing the road more than you were accustomed to during the winter.
- Flooding can be common in early spring after snows have melted. Spring is also the rainy season in New England, so you can expect slippery roads. Stopping takes longer and handling is reduced on slippery roads.
Supervise at All Times Around Water
Supervise your kids at all times when they are around or in the water. Don't assume that just because your child took swimming lessons or is using a flotation device such as an inner tube or inflatable raft that there's no drowning risk.
If you're at a party, it's especially easy to become distracted, so designate an adult who will be responsible for watching the children.