Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) March 21, 2010
According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA), vehicular fatalities account for nearly 95 percent of transportation-related fatalities. Drivers often think that warmer weather means safer road conditions, but the effects of winter weather often make for difficult spring road conditions. As March 20th marks the first day of spring, CURE Auto Insurance provides tips on how drivers can stay safe on the road this season.
1. Watch for potholes. Snow, ice and rain from the winter months often leave roads in bad shape. The repeated freezing and thawing of moisture seeps through road surfaces causing potholes. It is best to avoid potholes entirely. If that's not possible, apply brakes before hitting a pothole and release them just prior to impact. Additionally, keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce damage from potholes and other road hazards.
2. Spring showers bring May flowers--and wet driving conditions. Rain water that mixes with oil on the streets can result in slippery conditions that may cause unexpected skidding. Stay alert and avoid driving through large puddles ¬-the splashing water may affect your brakes.
3. Share the road. Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out on the roads. Umbrellas, hoods, and earphones might keep them from seeing or hearing you. Share the road and be aware of who is around you.
4. Allergy Season. Keep in mind that new spring growth often causes seasonal allergies, and over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving ability. Always know how the medication you are taking affects you before operating a vehicle.
5. Check wiper blades. Poorly maintained windshield wipers can hamper visibility in poor weather. According to the Car Care Council, 17 percent of vehicles brought in for their April check-up had front windshield wiper failures and 12 percent of vehicles needed service on their rear wipers and/or washers.
For more driving tips, please visit http://www.CURE.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as an answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.