In Spring, we leave a long, long winter season of short days and long nights in which weather conditions limit traffic and cause drivers an additional precautionary and prudent effect. Then come the sunny days and warmer temperatures in which we tend to relax behind the wheel.
But, Spring is the season of unstable weather par excellence, and we can go from enjoying the Sun to withstand heavy rains in just a few minutes. That is why the accident rate increases because unconsciously, and we are less cautious just at the time of the year when the most abrupt changes in time occur.
Spring is also the allergy season. And a sneeze at the wrong time can be very dangerous if you are driving. Therefore, in Spring, it is essential to breathe clean air behind the wheel. What better way to do it than to go through your trusted workshop to have an air conditioning system set-up and check the cabin filter? By the way, you prepare the vehicle for any change in the weather conditions of this era. Here you have several allergies Spring. Especially the gram that is the type of allergy that affects those in pen does not prevent driving, but until June, the highest pollen levels of the year will record, so you have to take precautions. Today antihistamines are not as sleepy as they were years ago, but still, consult with your doctor about side effects and read the package leaflet carefully before driving.
Tips for changing weather
The DGT offers recommendations to maintain the safety of driving in these adverse weather conditions since in these months we can be surprised by the showers, fog or hail, which must add to the driving premises in good weather that summarized in:
- Respect signaling and speed limits, both specific and generic.
- Keep safety distances between vehicles, that is, the one that allows us to stop without colliding with the one that precedes us in case of sudden braking. To calculate it on dry roads with good visibility, the rule of the square can be applied: divide the speed by ten and raise it to the square (in case of wet roads, the distance must be twice): At 50 km / h: 50/10 = 5. 5 × 5 = 25 meters away.
- At 120 km / h: 120/10 = 12. 12 × 12 = 144 meters away.
We remind you of the key points of our tips to drive in fog:
- Turn on the low beam and fog lights.
- Adapt speed and safety distance.
- Do not follow another vehicle closely. Look at the brake lights of the one that precedes us.
- In case of any incident, turn on the double turn signals, headlights, and fog lights.
- If it is very dense, take as reference the road markings on the right of the road.
- Pay special attention to the possible presence of two-wheelers and pedestrians, less visible with fog.