As weather and road conditions change with the season, following fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe as you enjoy the cool crisp air and the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves.
First you have the dangers of leaves on the roads.
* Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns.
* Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency.
* A pile of leaves raked to the side of a road is an inviting place to a child. Never drive through a leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children are playing.
Changing Weather Conditions
In many areas, autumn is a damp, wet season. There are many rainy or foggy days and nights. As the temperatures drop, frost often coats the ground at night.
*When driving in fog, set your headlight to low beam. This setting aims the beam of light down toward the roadway.
* In the fall as temperatures drop, frost often forms on the roadway, causing hazardous driving conditions.
* Drive slowly and break gently at overpasses and bridges as these areas frost over more quickly than other roadway surfaces.
* Be aware of areas where black ice forms on the roadway.
* Watch out for children at their bus stops in the morning and as they return home in the afternoon.
* Always drive defensively.
* Keep your headlights clean and in proper working order, making sure they are aligned.
* Replace your windshield wiper blades if they show any signs of wear.
* Keep a first aid kit in your vehicle.
* Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. Fall sunrises and sunsets can be very brilliant. The bright sun often creates a large amount of glare, making it difficult to see other vehicles, the roadway or the road’s shoulder.
* If you live in an area where there are deer, they are more apt to run into the roadway especially at dawn and dusk since the fall is an active breeding time. If you see a deer cross the roadway, proceed very slowly as they often travel in groups.