Here are some valuable tips for driving this Fall.
We want you to stay safe on the road this season.
Don’t brake on leaves.
Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. Drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking. Leaves may obscure lane lines and other road markers, so pay attention to the edge of the road and take care to stay in your lane.
Be rain aware.
During fall, many cities see increased rainfall. When it’s raining, be sure to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, as the wet roads may be more slippery than usual and you may be at higher risk of hydroplaning. Use your low beams or fog lights (never high beams) in fog conditions.
Avoid sun glare.
On and near the autumnal equinox (which fell on September 22 in 2018), the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset can make for more difficult driving due to sun glare. The sun perfectly aligns with east/west roadways during this time. Grab a good pair of sunglasses for the daytime, keep your windshield clean and use north/south streets or streets with tree cover when possible.
Mind the bridges.
As the temperature begins to drop, morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down.
Adjust your eyes.
We lose 1 to 2 minutes of daylight daily after the autumnal equinox. After leaving home or the office and before hitting the gas petal, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. It takes them between 2 and 5 minutes to start adjusting.
Watch out for deer on the road.
Autumn marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active in areas near the road. Deer are most active during sunset and sunrise so be extra watchful when driving near the woods and near deer crossing signs.
Make sure your vehicle well maintained.
- Check your tire pressure. Tires lose 1 to 2 pounds of pressure for every 10-degree temperature drop.
- Replace your windshield wipers. A really clean window can help you see when there’s glare.
- Adjust your headlights. If your headlights seem too dim, ask your mechanic to make sure they’re aligned properly.
Following these simple, but important tips, can keep you and your family safe this Fall driving season.