Well summer is officially over, tomorrow is the 1st day of the Fall Season and with that comes pumpkin everything, football and changes in driving conditions! Want to learn more about different driving conditions take our online class.
A bright, beautiful afternoon can turn rainy and cold in minutes. And with days getting shorter, you could find yourself commuting to or from work in darkness. There is back to school traffic, falling leaves, fog, frost, sun glare and deer to name a few things.
Fall foliage is certainly beautiful, but as leaves begin to fall, they litter the roads, making streets slick while obscuring traffic lines and other pavement markings. They also hide potholes and other road hazards. And when it rains, it can make those wet leaves on the roadway as dangerous as ice.
And where there are turning leaves, there are leaf peepers. These leaf-peeping drivers tend to crawl along the roads and make unpredictable stops to admire the changing foliage. If you’re driving behind a car with out-of-state plates, give them a little extra space just in case they stop short for a photo.
I’ve put together some fall driving tips for you:
Watch your speed: Drive a bit slower when faced with fall driving hazards, especially if you’re driving around a school bus.
Keep your distance: Leave a little more space between you and the car in front on rainy or foggy days, during dawn or dusk, and in areas with wet leaves. This will give you more time to react.
Stick with low beams: Keep your headlights on low when driving in the fog (and rain). High beams will only cause glare
Clear frost away from your windows: Frost can reduce visibility and response time on the road.
Approach traffic lights carefully: Sun glare can make it harder to see traffic lights change, so approach them with more than the normal care.
Avoid using products that increase gloss: Washing and waxing with these products can magnify the fall’s sunny glare and make it hard to see.
Clean your windshield, inside and out: When your windshield’s illuminated by sunlight, dust particles, streaks, and smudges become magnified, making it hard to see the road.
Watch for wildlife: especially in the early morning and evening hours.
Check your tire pressure: Since fall weather rapidly changes from warm to cold, your tires will often expand and contract. This can lead to a loss of pressure.
So lets all have a safe fall kickoff and as always, DRIVE SAFE!
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