When we think of the most hazardous driving time, we think of the winter. But have you ever thought about the dangers of driving in the fall? There are many hazardous aspects to driving in the fall so here are some things to keep in mind:
Fall means that kids are back to school and parents are back to work; this means that rush hour traffic is back as well. It also means that you need to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic since the weather is the perfect temperature for taking a walk. Overall, always stay alert when you’re driving in the fall.
Cold temperatures during the nights and warm temperatures during the day can be an unexpected hazard on the road. While driving early in the morning or late at night, you may experience fog and slippery roads. Be sure to turn on your fog lights if you’re driving through fog and keep a longer following distance in between cars. You should also start braking earlier when you come to a stop in case the roads are slippery.
Fallen leaves can cause the roads to become slick and if it rains, the leaves can really be a hazard on the roads. Leaves also cover road lines, potholes, and road debris. Do your best to avoid the shoulder of the road where leaves are more likely to accumulate and help your neighborhood by clearing leaves from your yard, sidewalk, and driveway to help keep leaves off the road.
As fall approaches, the earth tilts, making the sun align with the center of the earth. Here in Canada, this means we experience a bright sun at eye level in the morning and evenings. Be extra cautious when driving in the morning and evenings as the sun will greatly decrease your vision. To help alleviate this, wear sunglasses and utilize your sun visor; you can also flip your interior rearview mirror to decrease the glare from the sun.
The fall season brings on an increase in wildlife, especially deer. Always watch the shoulders of the road when you are approaching a treed area or an area that has animal crossing signs posted.
At Integra Tire we want to remind you to always keep your eyes on the road and avoid distracted driving. If we all work to avoid the hazards of the road, we can all stay safer when we’re on the road.