Daylight savings has arrived! Many of us are excited to finally be moving away from record cold temps and snow covered – everything. Along with warmer temps and longer day light however, there are risks you should be aware of and precautions you can take to ensure your home and your travels remain safe.
Spring Driving Warnings
Even though there isn’t ice or snow to navigate on the roadway, there are still difficult driving conditions possible in spring. Sharing the road with bike riders, wildlife and increased rain showers all make driving safely important.
In case you don’t remember from your driving test, rain fall after a warm day can lead to slick roads. Slow down when it’s raining and be sure to leave enough space to stop suddenly from the car traveling in front of you.
The winter may have also done a number on the asphalt, ripping up chunks of pavement and leaving giant potholes on the road. Pay attention to these and try to avoid them as they can lead to severe damage to your car when hit hard enough.
Even in perfect conditions, remember that your driving could be impaired by allergy medicine or an outdoor event increasing traffic and the amount of people in the roadway.
The best way to stay safe is to drive alert and ready to stop at a moment’s notice.
Spring Cleaning Tips
Moving out of the cold winter season is also a great time to check for any damage the weather may have left behind inside and on the exterior of your home.
Regular upkeep is important as a homeowner but spending some time before the new season to safely check for needed repairs and updates ensures you can enjoy your home with families and friends while being safe.
Declutter the mess that’s gathered inside and outside of our homes, pickup fallen branches, wash away dirt from surfaces and pull out the patio furniture.
Here’s a quick checklist of other things you should be checking around your home this spring.
– Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
– Clean and check that your dryer is working properly.
– Have an AC Start-Up service and cleaning done to ensure your system is ready for summer use.
– Check all electrical outlets for crowding or other fire hazard.
– Fix any leaks or cracks around the home’s siding, windows, doors and roof.
Spring is a great season to enjoy nature and the outdoors while getting in some quality time with family and friends.
Keep safety a priority this spring and enjoy!