Spring can be unpredictable here in Western Washington. This means that it’s important to be vigilant when driving. As drivers, we all know to follow traffic rules. But there are some additional tips to driving safe and smart this spring.
Tip #1: Watch for potholes. In the winter months, the cold and ice can cause road surfaces to expand. As things warm up, the damage is revealed. Potholes can be bothersome because you may not see them until the last minute. Sometimes, they can cause real damage to your vehicle and tires. Use extra caution when driving in early spring.
Tip #2: Share the road. As days lengthen and warm, you’ll notice more bicyclists and pedestrians. Not everyone takes care to wear reflective gear or use sidewalks. You’ll also be more likely to spot children at play. Stay vigilant.
Tip #3: Make time for maintenance. Take time out to check your windshield, wipers, fluid levels, and tires. This could also be a great time to make sure your emergency supplies are in good order.
Tip #4: Pay attention to road closures. Once spring’s here, many of us get the itch to hit the mountains for a drive or hike. Before you head out the door, make sure the route you’re planning to take is open. Certain roads, such as the North Cascades Highway, close for winter and may not open up again until late spring. Also, floods and mudslides can cause temporary closures.
Tip #5: Beware of ice. As we stated at the beginning of our post, spring weather in Western Washington is unpredictable. It’s not uncommon to get a stretch of warm weather followed by a late-season winter storm. Watch out for ice in the mornings, particularly if you commute early. It’s a good idea to check to see if the temperatures got below freezing overnight before you get behind the wheel.
Spring is a beautiful time here in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you stay safe and enjoy all it has to offer!