Fall Driving Safety Tips
Autumn’s dropping temperatures can mean a rise in the number of road hazards for drivers. Fog, wet leaves, sun glare, and even the movement of deer population present potential dangers when driving on the roads during the Fall months. Use these tips to drive safely and enjoy the season:
- Increase your following distance from cars in front. This gives you more time to see and react to any potentially dangerous situations.
- Be sure to check your car’s headlights, taillights, and turn signals to ensure they are in working order since morning and evening commutes can have less natural light as the days grow shorter.
- Have your vehicle’s heating and wiper systems checked to make sure they are in good working condition.
- Check your tire’s tread depth in the event of an early-season snow. And also check tire pressure as colder temperatures can cause tires to quickly lose pressure.
- Avoid washing and/or waxing your vehicle with products that increase gloss and be sure the windshield is cleaned inside and out to reduce glare.
- Use low beams instead of high in fog and rain as high beams increase glare and reduce visibility.
- Clean any frost from your windows, front and back, as frost reduces your ability to see andrespond to hazards on the road.
- Be watchful of wildlife, particularly near dawn and dusk when they are most active. Exercise care if you see one deer cross a road – other deer may follow close behind as they like to travel in groups.