Late Winter Driving

Late winter means spring is on its way. This change of seasons frequently creates quickly changing driving conditions and can create some unpleasant road conditions.

Keep in mind that the warm days of the approaching spring cause snow to melt and that can leave a road wet. Cold nights and temperatures around 32 degrees mean that these wet roads can easily become icy and very slippery. So, watch out for black ice and give yourself some extra commute time this time of year, especially in the morning after a frosty night.

Wet roads also cause spray that when mixed with road salt and sand gets all over your windshield and impairs your visibility. Be sure your windshield washer tank is kept full and replace your wiper blades if they streak or smear.

Frost under the road surface causes dreaded potholes and frost heaves this time of year. Some frost heaves are like speed bumps that can be jarring but most of them are like ramps that send your car airborne. As you well know, you can't be in control of your vehicle when the tires are not touching the road! Potholes on the other hand can cause blowouts and loss of control in severe cases.

Be on the look out for skid marks on the road or hubcaps on the side of the road up ahead. Those two clues can be warning you about potholes and frost heaves. Also, maintain plenty of distance between you and the car ahead. If that car has to brake quickly for a pothole, you will need to have space so as not to cause a crash.

Please drive carefully so that you can enjoy the flowers when they come out in the spring and may your roads never look quite this bad !

Image of badly damaged road