Last week was the beginning of Fall and with that comes the onset of the change of seasons. With this change, you should also expect a change in driving conditions. We’re here to help with several tips to make you aware of the dangers of fall driving.
Fall Driving Hazards
- Poor Visibility: Falling leaves, rain, and fog can all impact your visibility especially early in the morning and at night. Along with these issues, fall brings shorter days meaning it’s darker for longer. This can make visibility for bike riders, walkers, and playing children hard as well. Be sure to drive slowly and use your lights whenever there is poor visibility or bad weather.
- Deer and Other Animals: Fall is mating and migration season for Deer which means more activity. If you live or are driving in a deer heavy area, be cautious when driving at night. It is common for deer to move at night and they are known to dart across roads in front of moving vehicles. Use your high beams when possible and drive slower so you can stop your vehicle. The Defenders of Wildlife have released the following statistics in regards to deer accidents:
- Collisions with human fatality rose 67% from 1994 to 2006. From 2000 to 2006 there were 2,307 human fatalities due to wildlife-related crashes.
- There are 725,000 to 1.5 million wildlife-vehicle collisions in the U.S. every year.
- Watch for Children: Use extra caution if you see leaves piled up along the road in a yard. Sometimes children will be playing in leave. Also, school buses and children walking to school are going to be more numerous now that school is back in session.
- Slow Down on Wet Pavement: If it is raining or recently rained, remember to keep a safe distance. Wet roads and leaves can make for slippery situations.
- Be Prepared for Bright Sunlight: Remember that when Daylight Savings Time ends, the sunrise is going to occur later in the morning. Be prepared by keeping sunglasses close. If there is a strong glare, don’t be afraid to pull over until you can see again.
- Watch Out for Ice: This won’t be a daily issue, but be aware of the temperatures for the week. If you foresee any below freezing nights/days, be prepared for slick black ice spots.
- Vehicle Routine Check: Another aspect of staying safe in the fall conditions is to properly maintain it. Check the tire pressure, replace windshield wipers, and adjust your headlights if they seem dim.
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