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Staying safe on North Carolina roads this spring

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

As winter gives way to spring, North Carolina’s roads are becoming busier with drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike enjoying the lovely weather. However, this increase in road activity, coupled with seasonal challenges, calls for heightened awareness and precautionary measures to better ensure safety for all.

Spring in North Carolina can bring unpredictable weather, including sudden rainstorms that can make roads slippery and reduce visibility. Stay updated with local weather forecasts, and always alter your driving speed to account for your present road conditions. Remember, the first few minutes of rain can be the most dangerous as oils on the roadway make for slippery conditions.

Additional tips to keep in mind

Warmer weather encourages more people to walk, jog or cycle. Be especially vigilant in residential areas, near parks and in school zones where children and families are more likely to be out and about.

Spring also marks the return of many motorcyclists to the roads. Always check your blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or making turns, and be particularly cautious at intersections where motorcycle visibility may be reduced.

Finally, if you suffer from spring allergies, be mindful of how medications may affect your driving. Some allergy medications can cause drowsiness, so it’s important to know how you react to them before getting behind the wheel.

Staying safe on the roads this spring in North Carolina isn’t always a straightforward undertaking. However, if you pay attention to the need for certain approaches, you’ll place yourself in a strong position to contribute to safe roads instead of ones that are less safe than they might otherwise be.