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Things to keep in mind for spring driving

In partnership with TOYOTA - On The Road(EN)

Friday, April 16th 2021, 5:57 am - Drivers have to adapt to seasonal changes. As the weather warms up, we need to adjust some aspects of the way we drive. In spring, it’s important to be aware of the heavier rainfall and risk of hydroplaning that comes with it.

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Adapting your driving habits

Drivers have to adapt to seasonal changes. As the weather warms up, we need to adjust some aspects of the way we drive. In spring, it’s important to be aware of the heavier rainfall and risk of hydroplaning that comes with it. In March especially, it’s fairly common to encounter a mixed bag of precipitation, windstorms and black ice. Spring is also the season where we see the most potholes. Your tires need to be properly inflated with the right air pressure to best absorb these sometimes intense impacts.

A matter of safety

There are certain things you need to keep in mind with the arrival of spring. Important parts like your wheels and suspension may have undergone damage and will continue to deteriorate. You also need to be ready for newly formed potholes and damage to the road surface from temperature fluctuations and weathering. If you can’t avoid a large hole in the road and end up hitting it, have your wheel rim checked by a qualified mechanic. “Making sure everything’s in good shape prevents hassle and keeps you safe behind the wheel,” explains Michel Gélinas, General Manager of a Toyota dealership in Quebec. “There may be damage to the windshield wipers, and calcium can build up on the side mirror mechanisms. The brakes can often be in bad shape as well.”

Spring surprises

Spring brings with it a new set of distractions for drivers. Motorbikes and bicycles demand more of our attention. Pedestrians, pets and wildlife also add to hazards on the road. You need to adapt the way you drive to the new dangers of the new season. “There’s wild animals crossing the road, creating a risk of collision,” Gélinas adds. “It’s important that you pay attention to these dangers when behind the wheel.”

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