Spring thing: top tips for safe post-winter driving

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A sunny road, yesterday
"In spring you are more likely to see a variety of road users out and about, from bikers to pheasants"
  • | by Kristian Dando

The clocks have gone forward, which means that winter’s officially over. You can commence rejoicing when you feel like it.

Spring means new challenges on the road, so the Institute of Advanced Motorists has issued some advice, courtesy of their top driver, Peter Rodger.

  • April is well known for its showers. Stopping distances are increased on wet roads - allow at least twice as much time as usual to stop if the road is damp.
  • The clocks have gone forward, so you could be driving to work in the morning in darker conditions than you are used to. Do a thorough check of all of your lights, and give them a spring clean, to give maximise visibility.
  • Keep your screen wash topped up at all times. This way whether your car's dirty due to springtime downpours or covered in insects in the heat - you're prepared.
  • Country roads are a favourite at this time of year, but not only for car drivers. Be on alert for motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, and give them all plenty of space.
  • Mud on the road means that farm vehicles or animals have been out and about. Look out for vehicles or animals emerging from field entrances. It's slippery stuff, so watch out.

Rodger says: "In spring you are more likely to see a variety of road users out and about, from bikers to pheasants. Preparing yourself to expect them and being on the lookout for vulnerable road users will ensure a more enjoyable drive and a safer environment for everyone."