April 13, 2010 — Driving in the spring can actually be worse than driving in a winter storm.
As the seasons change, so do the conditions on the road. While most would think driving in the spring would be safer than the winter months, that's not always the case.
Sergeant Dave Woodford is with the Ontario Provincial Police. He says certain issues arise when the sun comes out.
“A lot of people really don't focus on driving when we see temperatures in the double digits and into the 20's and 30's. They're focused on other things like what they're doing and where they're going. You know the more pleasant things, not driving.”
Sgt Woodford says drivers aren't always thinking about the same safety rules on the road as they would during something like an ice storm.
And speed is always another problem.
“We actually see more crashes in the spring because traffic is moving faster than in the winter months.”
People often assume if the roads are dry and the sun is out, aggressive driving isn't as dangerous.
The sunny skies that most places in Ontario have been seeing this week can also play a factor on the roads. It can be distracting and blinding while driving.
And it looks like drivers should keep their sunglasses handy for the next couple of days.
“Even though conditions are dry and mild and there's less chance for sliding, motorists should take notice of the sunshine in their line of vision,” says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. “The sunny conditions will persist through early Friday.”
The OPP are also reminding drivers that the Spring Seatbelt Campaign begins tomorrow. Authorities will be increasing enforcement throughout the province for the next couple of weeks to show that buckling up can save lives.
For the latest details on the weather in your area, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.