Fall is arguably the most beautiful season. It’s a great time to go for a drive, just to enjoy the scenery. As the weather and road conditions change with the season, the following Fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy the cool crisp air and the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves.
The Dangers of Leaves on the Roads
It is important to treat leaves with the same caution as ice, as they can be just as slippery when wet. When driving you should try to avoid the piles of leaves along the edge of the road, as they can obscure hidden hazards. It is also critical to slow down when driving on a road covered with leaves, especially around turns.
Adjust for Fewer Hours of Daylight
In the Fall there are fewer hours of daylight. As the hours of daylight decrease, chances are you’ll be doing more driving in dusk or dark conditions. You may even be commuting to or from work in the dark. In the fading light of dusk, it is more difficult to see pedestrians, animals and children, so be sure all your lights are on, working properly and kept clean.
Changing Weather Conditions
As Fall progresses, the overnight temperatures tend to drop, often below the freezing point. Give yourself extra time to clear your windows of frost/ice before heading out on the road. Make sure your wipers and defrosters are working as they should. While driving, be aware of frost or black ice on the roadways, especially when driving on bridges, or in shaded areas.
Cope with Glare
Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. When the sun is hanging low in the sky, it can be blinding if you’re driving toward it. Sun glare can impact your sight for seconds after exposure, making it hard to see pedestrians, oncoming traffic, or the car in front of you. Keeping your windshield clean is also very important as dirt on the glass can amplify the glare.
Safe driving practices are important through the year. We all should get out and enjoy the season before the winter drives us all indoor. Be aware of the unique autumn driving hazards and follow our Fall driving safety tips for a safer and more pleasant drive.
Source: The Fun Times Guide