Fall Driving Tips

It's that beautiful time of year again where the streets are covered in a collage of colored leaves, football season takes the stage and driving becomes a bit more challenging due to a few particular Fall driving hazards. Before you go on a road trip or take the car out for an Autumn spin, take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and comfortable journey.

Below is a list of fall driving tips to help you tackle the season head on.

Wet Leaves

No matter how beautiful they may be, wet Fall leaves pose a safety threat on the road. Wet leaves cause slick pavement, which can be very slippery, and drivers should take caution when driving over them. Avoid sudden braking if possible.

In addition, fallen leaves can hide lines, road marks and holes in the road. Drivers should pay close attention to the road conditions, and find another route if the road is not clear.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Before the Fall season sets in, it’s recommended to have your car maintenanced to ensure it’s operating at peak performance. Check to be sure your windshield wipers are in good condition for clear visibility through the windshield to avoid accidents. You should also check the tire pressure. When the temperature in the air decreases, your vehicle’s tire pressure may be affected and need to be filled up.

(Schedule a maintenance appointment today!)

Watch Out for Deer

Be on the lookout for deer this season, especially at dusk and dawn since deer are most likely to be active at those times of day. Keep in mind that deer usually travel in groups, which means that if you see one, more deer are probably nearby.

If you encounter a deer while driving, brake firmly while holding the steering wheel to bring your vehicle to a halt instead of steering into a specific direction. Proceed by moving your vehicle to the side of the road, turn on your flashers and contact your insurance company and the police.

Headlights and Glares

Fog in Fall can cause decreased visibility as well as an increase in the chance of glares hitting your windshield from sun and headlights. Drive slowly if there is poor visibility until you can pull off, safely, and wait until the fog passes.

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