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DailyNews Editorial

By Staff | Mar 1, 2008

Friday brought temperatures into the 30s that melted a good deal of snow. Spring is fast approaching.

Unfortunately, we certainly aren’t going to be able to have picnics in the park tomorrow.

With the advent of winter comes the beginning of spring, and if you’ve lived in the area any period of time, you know what that means — pothole season.

The seasonal freeze and thaw, combined with heavy loads, causes roadways to break up. The same goes for gravel roads. As the shoulders soften, it’s easy to find yourself sliding toward the ditch and a very miserable time.

Spring is a good time to slow down for road conditions. It doesn’t take much of a pothole to break a strut or tie rod which can lead to a very expensive repair bill.

Motorists should also pay extra attention to pedestrians. If you see a deep puddle between yourself and a pedestrian, please avoid splashing water all over that person.

Also, make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order and that that you have plenty of windshield washer fluid. You sure don’t want a semi to go whizzing past, leaving your windshield with a muddy film that you can’t wipe away.

You should also be particularly wary on gravel roads of rocks that can fly up and chip your windshield. Pass others with care, and if you’re behind someone, maintain a safe distance. It will pay off in the end.

The seasonal thaw and freeze can cause a road condition known as black ice. You can’t see it, but it’s slicker than snot on a doorknob. So watch out.

Using just a little bit of common sense can prevent just an everyday trip from being an expensive mistake — or something far worse. So be aware of road conditions before you set out. And realize that they can change in the blink of an eye.