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Spring Weather Driving–Staying Safe on Georgia Roads

By Butler Prather LLP on April 30, 2024

Spring in Georgia brings a mix of weather patterns that can change rapidly, creating hazardous driving conditions. The season’s warmth often leads to heavy rainfall, which can reduce visibility and make roads slippery. The fluctuation between warm and cool temperatures can also lead to morning frost, even after a sunny day, which is a particular risk on shaded roads.

The key to navigating these unpredictable weather challenges is to stay informed about the current weather conditions and to anticipate the need for adjusted driving habits, such as reducing speed and increasing following distances.

Another Georgia driving issue caused by the changing seasons is more pollen in the air. As winter weather begins to clear up, drivers will also have to contend with more road crews, which definitely causes road hazards.

Safe Driving on Wet and Icy Roads

Georgia gets a lot of sudden rain and thunderstorms in the springtime. When this happens, visibility and road conditions deteriorate, demanding increased attention and caution from drivers. It’s essential to turn on headlights to improve visibility and ensure that other drivers can see your vehicle. You’ll also want to slow down to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and allow more time to respond to traffic and road conditions.

Avoid sudden movements such as sharp turns or hard braking, which can cause the car to lose traction more easily in wet conditions. If you encounter standing water, drive around it if possible or proceed slowly to avoid water from flooding the engine or causing you to lose control. Remember, during heavy rain and thunderstorms, sometimes the safest option is to pull over to a safe location and wait for the weather to improve before continuing your journey.

Adopting safe driving techniques is key when navigating slick roads. Consider the following tips:

  • Begin by reducing your speed; this is the most effective way to maintain control and avoid hydroplaning. Make gentle and gradual steering and braking actions; abrupt maneuvers can lead to loss of traction.
  • If you start hydroplaning, remain calm and avoid sudden braking or steering. Instead, gently ease off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go until you regain traction.
  • It’s also important to turn off cruise control in wet conditions, as it can prevent you from quickly reducing vehicle speed if you begin to hydroplane.
  • Make sure that your tires are in good condition with adequate tread depth to improve traction.
  • Keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front of you, as stopping distances can be ten times longer on ice than on dry roads.
  • If your vehicle begins to slide, steer gently into the slide and avoid slamming on the brakes.

While spring signals warmer weather, ice can still pose a threat, particularly in the early mornings or in shaded areas. Black ice, a thin coating of glazed ice on the roadway, is especially dangerous because it is nearly invisible to drivers. To contend with ice, reduce your speed and avoid sudden steering maneuvers or hard braking, which could cause your vehicle to skid.

How Springtime Pollen Affects Road Safety

Pollen plays a significant role in spring driving hazards beyond the common allergies many people experience. During spring, plants release large quantities of pollen into the air for reproduction. While this natural process is critical for the ecosystem, it poses unexpected risks for drivers.

As temperatures rise, so do pollen counts. Pollen grains can coat windshields, vehicle bodies, and roads, creating slippery surfaces and reducing traction. When pollen accumulates on a car’s surface, it can obscure a driver’s vision. This is particularly dangerous when traffic or wind stirs pollen into the air, leading to sudden visibility impairments. Pollen also leads to greater road and vehicle accumulation. This can cause mechanical problems for cars if pollen clogs air filters, reducing engine efficiency and possibly leading to costly repairs.

For drivers with allergies, pollen can trigger symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose, which distract from driving and could lead to dangerous situations. Awareness of these hazards is crucial for drivers to stay safe.

Keep an Eye Out for Construction Zone Hazards

Construction zone activity picks up in Georgia during spring months, which introduces unique road challenges. These areas often have altered traffic patterns and a variety of obstructions. One common hazard is lane reductions, which can lead to sudden stops and merge-related collisions. Unpredictable barriers and detours are another, as they can confuse drivers and cause abrupt changes in driving behavior.

Construction equipment and workers near the driving lanes increase the risk of incidents. Loose gravel and debris on the road surface can also cause vehicles to lose traction, leading to skidding or loss of control. To prevent accidents, it is essential to minimize in-car distractions and stay attentive to the changing road conditions and posted signage in these high-risk areas.

Speeding and reckless driving are significant threats to safety in construction zones. These behaviors can decrease reaction times to unexpected situations, such as sudden stops or shifts in traffic patterns. High speeds increase the distance needed to come to a complete stop, and in a construction zone, space is often limited.

Patience and alertness are two key virtues that drivers must practice when navigating through construction zones. Patience is necessary because construction work can cause delays and require drivers to wait or move at slower speeds than they are accustomed to. Alertness means watching for sudden stops, equipment entering the road, and workers who may be close to traffic.

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