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Drive safely as spring weather comes into the area

Driving in the spring is something that is a bit different than driving during the winter months. Even though the Texas winters aren't that harsh, some people opt to put their motorcycles away during the cooler months. This means that watching for motorcyclists on the roadways has to be a top priority for anyone who is driving during the spring months.

Motorcycles aren't the only thing that drivers have to watch for. You also need to watch for potholes. When possible, you should try to go away potholes since these can cause damage to your vehicle. They can also throw your vehicle off course, which can lead to an accident.

As the spring showers make their way here, you will have to watch the roadways for slick spots. Oil and other substances on the roadways can become very slick when it rains. Even leaves that have fallen to the ground can be slick if water is between them.

Another hazard is puddles on the roadway that occur when it rains. Vehicles can hydroplane when you drive in the water, especially if it is deep enough to pull the tires from the roadway.

Speaking of tires, you have to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. When your tires are inflated to the proper level, they will remain in contact with the roadway better than if they are underinflated or overinflated.

Even with the best safety measures, you still might be involved in an accident. You might opt to pursue claims for compensation if the other driver was the person who caused the accident.

Source: AARP, "Spring Driving Tips," accessed March 03, 2017

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