Understanding the dangers of spring driving

With the dark, wet winter months behind us, and September bringing a general improvement in driving conditions, many Australian drivers might be feeling tempted to relax behind the wheel this spring.

However it's important to remember that the spring and summer months can often bring their own dangers for unwary drivers who do not remain vigilant while on the road.

If you are an Australian fleet manager, now might be a good time to sit down with your drivers and go through a few of the basic risks that they may not have considered going into this time of year.

Unpredictable weather

Spring often brings with it unpredictable weather conditions, which can change quickly and without warning. This means drivers need to be aware of the conditions and prepared to adjust their driving habits at a moment's notice.

Another important thing to consider is that if it has been recently raining, the roads may remain slick for some time. Drivers should always take a cautious approach where possible and ensure that they are driving at a sensible speed which allows them time to react should an incident occur.  

More cars and pedestrians

As the clouds recede and the rain dries up, more people will be taking to the streets or sidewalks. Furthermore, with the school holidays drawing near, more children will likely be out and about, many of whom may be unsupervised. 

You can never fully take into account the actions of others on the road, so it is important to remain aware at all times and prepared to react at a moment's notice.

Animal activity

Animals are often more active during the warmer spring and summer months, and can occasionally wander onto roads where they become a hazard to the unaware driver. Again, the best protection against this danger is to remain vigilant at all times and be aware of the risks.

One thing to remember is that no matter how good the drivers in your fleet might be, the unpredictable nature of driving means that accidents will occasionally happen no matter what the season.

For this reason, fleet management software which provides accident management and roadside assistance can be a valuable asset all year round.