Autumn is a beautiful season– every year it brings crisp and cool weather, color-changing leaves, pumpkin spice, bonfires and hayrides. Though it brings a lot of joy, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers that come with the season. The weather conditions and other staples of fall can make it very difficult for people to drive safely on the roads. So before you leave home to drive to a haunted house, keep these dangers in mind and watch out for them so you can stay safe all season long:
Fall is back-to-school season, meaning the roads are more likely to be crowded by other cars. We know that it’s easy to be in a rush when driving your child to school, but keep other drivers in mind during your commute.
Also, since school is in session, more children are bound to be crossing streets. Be aware of everyone walking across the street and keep a close eye on pedestrians.
Fall foliage is very beautiful, but these leaves can cause a substantial amount of harm for drivers. Leaves can easily hide traffic lines, pavement markings, pot holes and other obstructions.
Additionally, leaves can be very slick and slippery whether they’re wet or dry. When leaves accumulate, they can cause your car to lose traction. Also, when leaves get wet because of rain, they can prove to be just as dangerous as ice. Try to drive as carefully as possible when you see leaves on the road.
The change of weather can bring a thick layer of fog. Fog can dramatically decrease your ability to see other drivers and the road in front of you. Be sure to turn your headlights on if you cannot see about 50 feet in front of you when it’s foggy during your morning commute.
Other Weather Conditions (Frost, Rain, Sun Glare)
Autumn weather can change from day to day. Whether it’s downpouring or the sun is shining, it’s important to be prepared for both while driving. Keep an eye out for frost, slippery roads and extreme sun glare throughout the season.
Fall is migration and mating season for deer, meaning there are more of them on the roads. Due to their increased amount of activity, they usually dart across roads to get from place to place. If you are driving in an area that is particularly woodsy, look out for deer crossing the street, especially at night. Also, be cautious of other drivers that may try to swerve out of the way when a deer steps in front of their car.
While it’s important to enjoy the fall season while it lasts, be aware of all the dangers that the season can bring to drivers. Keep yourself, your passengers, pedestrians and other drivers safe by being aware of all the driving conditions that that come with the autumn.