Spring Auto Risks

While winter driving conditions can be particularly treacherous, spring also presents its own unique challenges for driving. Rain, new road construction projects and increased motorcyclists can all create risks for drivers.

Since vehicles are essential to the daily operations of various organizations, drivers must remain vigilant in mitigating risks while on the road. The following precautions can decrease the possibility of incidents occurring behind the wheel:

  • Stay alert while driving through construction. Follow all traffic signage, reduce vehicle speed and remain focused while traveling through work zones.
  • Be on the lookout for motorcyclists. Increase the following distance, look at blind spots when passing or changing lanes, double-check before crossing an intersection and use proper signaling to reduce the chance of collision with a motorcycle.
  • Prepare for severe weather. Ensure tires have adequate tread, windshield wipers are working properly and lights are functional before operating a vehicle. Be cautious in rainstorms that occur after an extended period of dry weather; oil buildup on the road can create slippery conditions when mixed with rainwater. Spring temperatures can also dip below freezing, creating slick roads and hazardous driving conditions.
  • Watch out for animals. Be alert for wildlife on the road as deer, bears and other wild animals come out of hibernation in the spring. Slow down or stop if animals are on or near the roadway.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average auto accident costs an organization $16,500, and if a fatality occurs, these costs can exceed $500,000. Therefore, minimizing the risk of accidents is essential for companies to limit their liability. For more information, contact us today.