Most people think of autumn as a gentle time, but fall has multiple driving hazards that can result in damage or injury. There are a few ways to stay safe on the roads this fall. Here are some things that require special attention this season:
Pay Close Attention to the Weather
Several weather conditions in the fall can contribute to a risky road. Here are a few dangers to be aware of when driving:
- Rain: The water pools on top of dust and oil, making the pavement extra slippery.
- Frost: Temperatures drop dramatically in the night, creating ice spots on areas of the road, including overpasses, bridges, and shaded areas.
- Fog: Visibility can be limited and dangerous during foggy days.
Don’t Veer for Deer
Swerving when a deer runs in front of your vehicle could cause you to lose control quickly, especially if you are on a narrow road with lots of curves. Instead, press the brake firmly, keeping both hands on the wheel to come to a controlled stop.
Don’t Brake on Leaves.
Wet leaves are just as slippery and dangerous as ice! Take the time to drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking. Additionally, leaves can obscure lane lines and other road markers. The edge of the road can help guide you.
Avoid the Dangers of Sun Glare.
On and near the autumnal equinox, the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset can make for more difficult driving conditions due to sun glare. Sun glare can significantly impact your sight for a few seconds after exposure and obscure any vision of pedestrians, oncoming traffic, and cars in front of you. Keep a good pair of sunglasses in the car at all times, keep your windshield clean and use north or south streets or streets with shaded areas if possible.
Take the Time to Adjust your Eyes.
The National Weather Service states that we lose 1 to 2 minutes of daylight daily after the autumnal equinox. After leaving home or the office, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. It takes about 5 minutes to start adjusting.
Make Sure Your Car is Ready for Fall!
- Check your tire pressure. According to the Utah Safety Council, tires lose approximately 1 to 2 pounds of pressure for every 10° temperature drop.
- Replace your windshield wipers to help with visibility.
- Adjust your headlights. If your headlights are too dim, check with your mechanic to make sure they’re aligned properly.
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