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Top 5 Autumn Driving Tips

It’s a great time of year to get out and head to a favorite destination or just enjoy the ride. Whatever the purpose, here are some tips to stay safe on the roads as the weather turns crisp:

Don’t Swerve for Deer. If a deer suddenly crosses your path in the roadway, brake firmly and hold onto the steering wheel with both hands. Stay in your lane and bring your car to a controlled stop.

Avoid Driving Over Wet Leaves. Autumn foliage is beautiful, but when those leaves start falling onto the roadway and become wet from rain, they reduce traction and pose a serious driving hazard.

Be Aware of Frost. Freezing nighttime temperatures can create frost on windshields as well as roads. Be sure your windshield is completely clear of frost before driving. Also, use caution 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 in the early morning and evening hours.

Be Prepared for Changing Weather Conditions. Winterize your car before the freezing temperatures and winter storms set in. Keeping your car in top condition lowers your chances of being stranded in cold weather. Also, be sure to have a shovel and sand in your car.

Update Your Car’s Emergency Kit. Having an emergency kit in your vehicle can be a lifesaver, particularly in the winter. Some items to include are: first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, extra washer fluid, nonperishable food, a jug or bottles of water, thermal blanket, and a few basic tools such as wrenches, a ratchet/socket set, screwdrivers, and pliers.

Be Cautious in Construction Work Zones. Fall is a busy time for roadwork. Plan your route if you want to avoid construction zones. But if you find yourself driving through one, remember to slow down and be mindful of what is around you. The life you save could be your own.