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The dangers of driving in the spring: What to look out for

Spring driving weather is heading your way soon, so it's time to think about some of the dangers you could face and what you can do to prevent yourself from getting hurt in an accident. What are some of the hazards you could face? Here are just a few.

April showers bring May flowers, and all that rain adds up. Slick road conditions, flooding and heavy rains can all make it difficult to navigate the roadways safely. Rain was the cause of 46 percent of weather-related accidents between 2005 and 2014, with wet pavement playing a role in 73 percent. Keep this in mind when you're driving, and make sure you put extra space between you and the person driving ahead of you.

Warm weather can also mean that thunderstorms erupt suddenly, and hail and high winds can be a concern. Small hailstones can actually shatter windshields, and at high speeds, a sudden cloud burst could make it difficult to steer or see ahead of you. When it starts to rain, wait before you continue on, and make sure you slow down or pull over if hail is a concern.

Before you get on the roads, make sure to replace your wiper blades, check your tire pressure and to check out the road conditions; you want to make sure there are no major pot holes that could cause you to lose control or cause damage to your vehicle. If you take the time to make sure your vehicle is in good condition, you may be in a better position to maneuver it or see an potential accident to avoid it. If not, then you, at the very least, know you did whatever you could to keep yourself safe and can request to be compensated by the dangerous driver.

Source: Esurance, "Why Spring Driving Is Dangerous," accessed Dec. 28, 2016

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