Spring is here! With changes in the weather, it’s important to remember that new weather conditions can impact how you drive. At MAIF, your Maryland Auto Insurance Provider, we offer car insurance for Baltimore drivers. We want drivers to stay safe on the road this spring, making sure that their driving habits match the weather, wildlife, and other factors. This spring, make sure you have the right insurance coverage and that you’re ready for the road.
Driving Tips From Your Baltimore Car Insurance Provider
Keep these tips in mind when you’re driving this spring to keep you safe and keep your car in shape:
Look Out for Wildlife
Spring means increased wildlife activity. Be particularly careful driving at night and in rural or wooded areas. Drive the speed limit and look ahead for any wildlife crossings. Do not swerve if you see an animal in the road, as you can lose control of your car.
Watch for Potholes
Changes in the weather, especially from cold to warm weather, can mean more potholes in the road. If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down and release your brakes right before you hit the pothole. Releasing your brakes reduces impact and can help your car’s suspension.
Know How to Drive in the Rain
In a thunderstorm or heavy rain, you should:
- Avoid heavy braking
- Slow down
- Avoid puddles or standing water
- Maintain a safe distance
- Use your headlights
Being careful during storms or when it’s raining can prevent problems like hydroplaning. If you find your car hydroplaning, lightly pump your brakes and turn into the angle your car is skidding. Wait until you gain traction to drive normally again. Avoid puddles and flooded roads to prevent hydroplaning and tire damage, as potholes can hide in puddles.
Watch out for Pedestrians
Better weather brings out more people. Slow down and look for pedestrians at crosswalks, especially if you’re around trails, parks, or other busy areas. You also want to keep an eye out on the side of the road for pedestrians who aren’t crossing at crosswalks.
Check your Windshield Wipers and Wiper Fluid
If your windshield wipers make noises, leave streaks on the window, or look worn, it’s time for a replacement. To add wiper fluid, open the hood of your car and find the washer fluid reservoir. This reservoir may be white or translucent with a windshield wiper symbol on top. Remove the cap to the reservoir and gently pour in more fluid up to the fill line. Windshield wiper fluid can be important to clear your windshield of pollen, dirt, flowers, and leaves.
Do you need car insurance? Get a free quote with your Baltimore, Maryland, auto insurance provider today. You can also call us for car insurance today at 301.842.6002.