For many, fall is the nicest season of the year thanks to cool temperatures, beautiful foliage, and the anticipation for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and later winter holidays. But it’s also one of the most dangerous seasons when it comes to driving. Use the following fall driving tips to stay safe while on the road.
Look for weather changes
With fall comes fog and the first morning frosts. Turn on your headlights in the morning but avoid using high beams, as these bounce off the fog and make visibility worse. Get your tires checked to ensure they are properly inflated, as lower temperatures reduce pressure.
Anticipate sun glare
One of the worst parts of driving in the fall is the glare. The changing position of the sun’s arc overhead, along with daylight savings setting the clock back an hour, combine to create difficult driving conditions around rush-hour while also ensuring you’ll suddenly be driving at night a whole lot more.
Be wary of leaves
Fall leaves are beautiful, but they can be a hazard on the road. When it rains, wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. If you notice a lot of leaves on the road ahead, make sure to slow down.
Look out for pedestrians and deer
There are more people on the road in fall than any other season thanks to school buses, active school zones, and trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Additionally, deer (and thus deer hunters) are also more active. Keep an eye on areas where people or animals could suddenly appear, such as from behind parked cars or nearby woods.