4 things you need to know about driving in spring
Driving in spring can be a wonderful experience as you get to enjoy the warm weather and the beauty of nature around you. However, it's important to be aware of some things that can make spring driving a bit more challenging. Here at Intack Self Drive, we’ve put together a few of the important factors you need to keep in mind when driving in spring, to ensure you’re safe on the road whether you’re driving your own vehicle or one you’ve rented through our quick and reliable van hire, car hire and minibus hire services.
Watch out for wet roads
Regardless of the time of year you can expect to see at least some rain here in the UK, even in the lead up to summer. Springtime is no exception, and the inevitable rain that comes with the season of new beginnings can create slippery road conditions. Wet roads can reduce your vehicle's traction and increase the likelihood of accidents, so it’s important to slow down and keep a safe distance from other vehicles if you find yourself driving in less than agreeable conditions.
Be aware of potholes
The bane of most UK drivers’ existences - the cold winter weather can cause potholes to form on the roads, and it can take bit of time before they’e addressed and dealt with by your local council. Hitting a pothole can damage your vehicle's tyres, wheels, and suspension, so be sure to keep an eye out for pesky potholes and try your best to avoid them if possible. If you do spot a particularly nasty looking pothole, it’s worth reporting it to your local council so they can get it filled.
Look out for pedestrians and cyclists:
As the weather warms up, more people will be out walking, jogging, and cycling. So, as a motorist you need to be sure to keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, especially in residential areas and near parks and schools. This is particularly important to keep in mind on weekends, as the warmer weather will encourage people to flock to beer gardens where they’ll enjoy a drink or ten. As a result, you may find yourself encountering more people walking through the streets who are a bit tipsy, and may not be in full control of their movements!
Beware of sun glare
The sun tends to be lower in the sky during the spring months, which can create sun glare that can make it difficult to see the road ahead. So, use your sun visor and keep some sunglasses to hand to help reduce the glare from the sun on your eyes. What’s more, Springtime also brings an increase in levels of pollen, dust, and debris that can accumulate on your windscreen, so be sure to clean your windshield regularly to ensure that you have clear visibility when driving. So, by following these tips, you can stay safe and enjoy your springtime driving. As a final point - drive defensively, obey traffic laws, and remember that if you ever need some temporary transport, that’s exactly where we can help.
Here at Intack Self Drive, all of our rental vehicles come with the option to rent through daily hire, or our outstanding Flexi hire service, so wherever your intended destination, we’ll have a vehicle that suits your requirements. Ready to get started? You can browse the best hire deals right here on our site, or give us a call on 01254 57811!