Along with beautifully colored autumn leaves, the Fall also brings changing road and weather conditions. Following our Fall Driving Safety Tips will keep you safe on the road:
- Watch out for leaves. Leaves often cover up painted markings on roads making it difficult to see lane demarcations. Likewise, leaves can cover up potholes and bumps in the road making driving in unfamiliar areas particularly difficult. There is also the problem of drivers being forced to drive around leaf piles into oncoming lanes. Never drive through leaf piles as children have been known to play and hide in these piles. Avoid parking your car near leaf piles to prevent fires that could start from the catalytic converter. When leaves accumulate on roads and become wet, they can get extremely slippery. If temperatures drop below freezing, wet leaves freeze making driving conditions similar to driving on ice. Extra caution should be used on leaf-covered roadways.
- As temperatures drop, frost often forms on the roadway, causing hazardous driving conditions. Drive slowly and brake gently at overpasses and bridges as these areas frost over more quickly than other road surfaces.
- Stay alert now that the clocks are turned back. The end of daylight savings time means reduced visibility on the roads. Drivers should use additional caution and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Watch out for deer. Autumn brings an increase in deer activity since this is their breeding season. They are more likely to dart across roadways especially between sunset and sunrise. Slow down and use caution when one deer crosses a roadway. Since deer often travel in small herds, one deer is usually followed by others.
- Avoid sun glare. Sun glare can be most problematic during sunrise and sunset which coincide with the morning and evening rush hours. The intense glare from the sun can blind a driver momentarily causing an unexpected traffic slowdown. Have a good pair of sunglasses readily available to counter daytime glare, and consider lenses with anti-reflective coating to reduce glare from headlights at night.
- Prepare your car for fall weather. Check your tire pressure. With frequent weather and temperature changes, tires can expand and contract, causing them to lose air pressure. Consider coming in to Ultimate AutoBody to fill your tires with Nitrogen for better tire pressure retention and improve fuel economy. In any event, make sure tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread. Replace your windshield wiper blades if they show any signs of wear. Keep your headlights clean and make sure they are aligned.
Enjoy the fall and stay safe on the road!