When spring rolls around and the sun begins to shine once more, Michigan residents might find themselves sighing in relief. Because while you might be used to driving in winter weather, it feels good to say goodbye to icy roads and snowy conditions.

However, just because winter is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that the roads will be free of hazards. In fact, spring comes with its own risky road conditions. So, here are just three ways to safely navigate around these springtime dangers.

1. Refresh yourself on how to drive in the rain

Snow and ice aren’t the only precarious weather conditions to drive in. Unfortunately, after experiencing icy roads, many people might not think wet roads are as dangerous. But rain can make roads just as slick as ice can.

Especially when combined with the copious amounts of melting, roads can easily flood and make for hazardous driving conditions. Hydroplaning is a serious threat, as is low visibility due to foggy windshields or heavy rainfall.

2. Pay attention to potholes

The seemingly endless snowfall and subsequent plowing can easily tear up roads. Potholes can cause serious damage to your car and driving over one could even result in an accident with another vehicle. Pay careful attention to the road ahead of you while driving in the springtime. If you begin to see multiple potholes on one route, consider taking a different road until the potholes can get fixed.

3. Be on the lookout for animals

Michigan residents aren’t the only ones happy that the snow is finally melting. Animal activity begins to increase as the snow melts. Animals like rabbits, squirrels, foxes and deer begin to appear more along roadsides and in fields.

While a smaller animal might not damage your car too much, swerving or slamming on your breaks to avoid one can be extremely dangerous to you and the other cars around you. Make sure you put away the distractions and remember that hitting an animal is better than swerving to avoid it, only to hit a car, cyclist or pedestrian.

Help prevent springtime car accidents

These tips are just three ways that you can stay out of harm’s way on spring roads. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen regardless of how prepared you are for springtime driving.

If you find yourself in an accident, don’t hesitate to explore your options when it comes to seeking compensation for any damages you might sustain.