Nothing can ruin your drive around the Alpena, MI area more than a road hazard. Road hazards come in different shapes and sizes, and dealing with them can be tricky. Here at Dean Arbor Ford Lincoln, we want all our drivers to stay as safe as possible so we’re covering some of the most common types of road hazards and how to deal with them.

When we think of road hazards, we often think of slippery roads and fallen trees. However, a road hazard can come in a multitude of forms. So, let’s break it down.

Bicyclists can be a dangerous hazard when driving. Cyclists have the same rights as cars when on the road and it’s not uncommon for bikers to weave in and out of traffic or the rules of the road. When driving near a biker it’s best to ensure that you give plenty of room, and the right of way if you can.

If you’re driving in a more rural area, you may encounter wild animals on the road. Animals crossing the road are another dangerous hazard that can potentially cause a lot of damage. When driving on open roads, keep an eye out for animals, especially at night or during twilight. Don’t forget to use your high beams if you can.

Large trucks are a hazard that many of us deal with on a daily or weekly basis. However, according to the NHTSA, most vehicle accidents involving a truck are the fault of the other driver. When driving next to a truck, it’s crucial that you give them space and do what you can to avoid their blind spot.

Whether you’re driving a brand new 2019 Ford F-150 or not, paying attention to the road ahead is crucial. While we can’t help you in every aspect of driving, we can do our best to help you stay safe. Visit us today if you need vehicle service or anything else we can provide.