Fall Driving Hazards
While fall brings a lot of beauty to the area, it also brings plenty of unique driving hazards. When you’re out on the road this fall, make sure you keep an eye out for these fall driving hazards and know how to handle them safely.
Fall is one of the more active times for deer because it’s their migrating and mating season. If you live in an area where there are a lot of deer, you’re more likely to encounter deer on the road in fall. Be especially cautious at dawn and dusk, since this is when they are often out foraging and grazing. If you see a deer standing on the side of the road, slow down and pass it with caution. Also keep in mind that deer travel in groups, so if you see one, there are probably more hanging around nearby.
Low Tire Pressure
Fall is a time for fluctuating temperatures. While daytime temperatures are still warm and comfortable, nighttime lows can get quite chilly. The rubber in tires expands and contracts with these temperature changes, causing them to lose pressure. Low tire pressure can lead to poor handling, lower gas mileage, and an increase in the risk of a flat tire. Keep an eye on your tires and check the pressure occasionally to make sure it doesn’t get too low. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check the pressure on your spare tire.
The colorful fall leaves are beautiful while they’re still on the trees, but once they start to drop, they become a hazard on the road. Leaves cover road markings, which makes it hard to see lane lines and important warnings. Additionally, wet leaves are slippery, and they make it hard for tires to get good traction. If you find yourself on a road covered in wet leaves, be sure you increase the distance between your car and the car ahead of you in case you need to stop suddenly.
Another trademark of the changing season is shorter days. The lessening daylight means you might end up making your evening commute at twilight or even in darkness. Therefore, you need to be extra alert for children, pedestrians, and bicyclists, who will be harder to see during your drive home. Also, remember to turn your lights on so your vehicle is more visible to pedestrians and other drivers.
This changing season can bring unpredictable weather, including wind gusts. Not only can those strong gusts blow leaves and other hazards directly into your path, they can also make it hard to keep your own vehicle in your lane. Make sure you check the forecast before you leave so you know what conditions you must deal with during the day.
Even with these unique driving hazards, fall is a wonderful time of year to get out and take in the scenery. Keep these safety tips in mind so you can reduce the risks and enjoy everything this season has to offer.