If the dogwood trees we have already started to see blooming are any indication, then Spring may be here just a little bit earlier this year. Even though we are still a couple of months out from our rainiest time of year, there are still some good Spring driving practices you might want to keep in mind.
For example, as the seasons change, so will your tire pressure. Even if you have a tire pressure monitoring system built into your car to alert you when your tire pressure is too low, you still might want to double-check it manually to ensure your car is at a safe, proper tire pressure. As outdoor air gets warmer, your tire pressure may increase, giving you less traction on the road.
Also, with Austin being both the state capital and allergy capital of Texas, you should be more mindful of any medications you are taking this time of year. A lot of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause drowsiness and impair your driving abilities. Make sure you are aware of how these drugs affect you before getting behind the wheel.
Another step you can take to help with seasonal allergies while driving is change your cabin air filter and wipe down and vacuum the inside of your car. Once you have done that, you can set your air controls to recirculate air instead of pulling from outside. Remember to not roll down your windows as much as possible. Even though you will not be able to keep all of the seasonal allergens out, this should make your drive more pleasant.
Other than that, enjoy Austin’s early, beautiful weather and drive safe!
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