Know the Dangers of Spring Driving
Be Aware; Arrive Safely
It seems that Old Man Winter has finally lost his icy grip on Montana. After one of the coldest Februaries in history, we are seeing some seasonal temperatures, and the melting of the snow. With that we have to set aside our winter driving skills, in favor for some that are slightly different.
As we progress from winter into spring, it’s important to understand the dangers of driving in Billings, Montana during the weather. Here’s our short-list of items to watch out for so that you don’t have to bring your vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in Montana.
8 Dangers of Diving in the Springtime
Allergies – Ah the spring. Where the grass is growing, the trees are budding, and the flowers are blooming. Along with that comes pollen. Microscopic particles that can literally make us cry.
Allergies pose two threats. If they’re untreated, we can be stuffed, sneezing, and eyes watering: a recipe for not being able to see and react to road dangers. If they are treated, the medication can make us drowsy.
Know how your body reacts to pollen and medication so that you can remain alert.
Bikers – The nicer weather brings those who love to pedal. With their slower speeds and smaller “vehicles” they can often be difficult to see. That means when it’s bike riding season, you need to be extra alert behind the wheel.
Cycling is a great way to get some exercise while you get to your destination. If you’re biking around town, take the extra time to be aware that many motorists won’t pay enough attention and ride defensively.
Bikers – The nicer weather brings those who love to cruise on two wheels. Motorcycles help to ease traffic congestion, and there’s nothing like the feel of the open air. Since they’re smaller than cars and trucks, many motorists fail to pay enough attention.
When it’s the season for motorcycles, it’s important to pay extra attention to ensure that you don’t glance right past them. As a biker, pay extra attention so you can avoid the careless motorist. If we all drive and ride defensively, we can all arrive safely.
Rain – Rain can be just as slick as snow and ice. That often happens when there hasn’t been much precipitation lately, and the oil on the road turns into a slick sheen on top of the water. Combine that with reduced visibility, and crashes can sneak up on you.
If you are driving in the rain, turn on your lights, reduce your speed, and drive defensively. Rainstorms around here don’t often last very long, so if you’re feeling a little uncomfortable, simply pull over and wait it out.
Hail – Most of the major hail storms have adequate warning so that you can get your vehicle into some shelter. But there are those that sneak up on us. If you’re driving when a major hail storm rolls through, seek shelter if possible.
We have had hailstorms here in Billings recently that have shattered car windows. These storms are often associated with high winds as well, so if you can get your vehicle on the leeward side of a building, you have a better chance of coming out unscathed.
Potholes – Tis the season for busted up roads. As the snow melts, that water seeps down into the cracks in the pavement. When the night approaches, that water freezes and breaks apart the concrete or asphalt. Vehicles then drive over the damaged area, and little bits of road fly out. In the end, the pothole gets bigger and bigger until it’s filled.
For the next couple of months, be vigilant to watch out for these hazards. Report them to the city if you see one developing so it can be fixed as soon as possible.
Vehicle Maintenance – Warm air takes up more space than cold air. If your tires are filled during the heat of the day, and then rest overnight, they can be underinflated during your morning commute.
Winter is hard on vehicles too. Overall you should have your vehicle checked over to ensure proper oil and other fluids, and make sure to get it detailed to clean off all the road grime and dirt that has built up the last few months.
Wiper blades – If nothing else, swap those wiper blades! After a winter of scraping across ice, slush, snow, and who knows what else got kicked up from the salt and de-icer on the roads, these things are worn. Wiper blades are a cheap way to ensure that you can see without any problems. Swapping them out literally takes less than a minute.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles in Billings, MT
Here at Big Sky Collision our primary goal is to make sure that you’re safe on the roads. We would prefer that you don’t need our services.
But accidents will happen. If they do, give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you scheduled for a time to bring your vehicle in to be repaired by the best auto body repair shop in Billings.
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