Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Driving Tips

Although New Mexico may largely be immune to April showers and May flowers, spring driving is still accompanied with its own unique hazards. From increased animal activity on the more desolate stretches of road surrounding Albuquerque, to road wear and tear from winter conditions, to more cyclists and pedestrians out enjoying the warmer weather- spring is a great time to brush up on some of your safety etiquette and practices. Melloy Dodge distributes a lot of vehicles, advises a lot of drivers on road safety, and services many Dodge vehicles in our service center. We’re familiar with the demands of driving in the spring season, and have collected our best tips to keep you and your family safe as you head out on the roads this spring.

In New Mexico we are lucky to have an abundance of wildlife. In the northern mountains of our great state an adventurous traveler can find black bears and elks, and across our wide low deserts, lizards and coyotes inhabit the landscape. These animals, and many more, are incredibly active during spring. Some are just emerging from hibernation, while others are entering mating season. New Mexico’s abundant deer are especially active at dawn and dusk, a time when visibility on the roads is poor. Check the headlights on your car, especially if you are taking an SUV, like our Dodge Durango, out into the wilderness for spectacular views and to catch a glimpse of wildlife.

Winter can wreak havoc on roads. The aftermath of our intense winter weather can leave some sections of road a bit battered. Ice and subsequent sand on roads can wear them down, so expect to find a few new potholes around town. If you’re behind the wheel of a high performance RAM truck you won’t have much to worry about, but you may want to check your tire pressure just in case.

It’s not just animals that come out of hibernation in the spring- but humans, too! Watch out for cyclists and pedestrians as the temperatures climb. An increased number of cyclists on Albuquerque’s streets can making changing lanes, taking right turns, parallel parking, and even exiting your car more dangerous for everyone involved. Be conscientious and share the road in accordance with New Mexico’s state laws.

For the ultimate peace of mind, have your car fully diagnosed and repaired at Melloy Dodge’s auto service center, or invest in a new Dodge vehicle with all of the latest safety features.

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