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As the warmer months of the year march ever so slowly to the Belleville area, it is time for all drivers to get ready for the spring and summer driving conditions. Many people tend to think that getting ready for driving is a winter activity because of the snow. It might surprise you to know that there are many hazards that come with driving in the warmer weather.

The preparations that you make for driving need to start before you ever leave home. They continue when you are on the road. Here are some preparation tips to help you get started:

Correct issues from winter

Winter driving is hard on your vehicle. You need to check over your vehicle to determine what you have to correct for the new season. Road salt and moisture might cause your brakes to have problems, so make sure they are working properly. You should also check the lights and fluids to ensure they are ready for trips around town, as well as any vacations you might take. Check the tires and have the alignment inspected to determine if you can safely drive.

Watch for pot holes

Pot holes can cause issues with the tires and steering. You need to ensure that you avoid them if possible. You might not be able to avoid them all because you can't swerve into oncoming traffic. Slowing down might be the best thing that you can do if you see a pot hole in your path. Be very careful if you come across them when it is raining or just after because pot holes filled with water can be deceptive. They might be deeper than what they seem at first glance.

Prepare for hazards

Some of the more common driving hazards in spring and summer are weather related. The rain can cause the roads to become slick, especially if there is any runoff from vehicle fluids on the roads. Fog and heavy rain can make it difficult to see what's going on in front of you.

The spring months come with an increase in wildlife activity. Animals don't know to pay attention to the road when they cross. You have to watch for them. When you do see an animal, you need to make a split second decision about what you are going to do. If no other vehicles are around, you can likely safely swerve around the animal. If there are other cars around, this may not be possible.

Taking the time to get ready now can save you from being involved in an accident. Even then, you might be involved in one since other drivers may not share in your preparation strategy.

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