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5 Expert Tips for Fall Driving Safety

With Labor Day having come and gone, summer is officially beginning to fade away and the fall season is coming into view. As you trade in those shorts and flip-flops for cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spice, it’s important to keep in mind some of the dangers associated with fall driving. In this article, we’ll discuss some expert tips for staying safe on the road this autumn.

Prepare for Sun Glare

With summer in the rearview mirror, days will begin to get shorter and nights longer. This can lead to some challenging driving conditions if you’re not prepared. “With the change in daylight hours, sun glare can become a dangerous nuisance in the fall. In case you experience intense sun glare while driving, make sure to always have a pair of sunglasses handy. It is also advised to keep your windshield clean and streak-free to avoid contributing to the glare. Approach traffic lights carefully as sun glare can make it more difficult to see traffic light changes.” (Safe Auto)

Watch Out for Kids

The end of summer means it is back to school for the kids. While that may be music to parent’s ears, it can be dangerous for motorists. “Early in the school year, youngsters often haven’t developed the habit of looking for moving traffic before they cross the road leaving a school bus. It’s illegal to motor past a stopped bus in most places. And buses are beginning to use cameras to catch people who do drive by when the “Stop” arms are extended and the lights are flashing.” (AARP)

Be Wary of Leaves

While they may look pretty, autumn’s falling leaves can end up being a serious hazard for those of us on the road. “As the leaves begin to fall, they can wreak havoc on the roads by covering traffic lines and pavement markings. In addition, when leaves on the roads get wet, they can be just as slippery as ice. If you’re driving along a road that is covered in leaves, whether they are dry or wet, slow down and drive with extra caution.” (Safelite)

Keep an Eye Out for Deer and Other Animals

Anyone who has ever encountered a deer while driving knows that the expression “a deer in headlights” isn’t an exaggeration. Collisions with animals can be extremely dangerous and the fall season only increases that risk. “Autumn marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active in areas near the road, says the PennDOT. Deer are most active during sunset and sunrise so be extra watchful when driving near the woods and near deer crossing signs.” (SafeBee)

Beware of Frost

That crisp fall air that many people enjoy can turn incredibly chilly overnight, leading to an unpleasant surprise come morning. “Low nighttime temperatures cause frost on windshields and roads. Be sure to clear your windshield completely before driving. Also, slow down when approaching bridges and overpasses, as these structures are more prone to collect frost on the roadway surface. Stay alert for shaded areas that could create black ice during early morning and evening hours.” (Meemic)

 

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