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6 Fall Driving Tips to Keep You Safe this Season

Ah, autumn. Gone are the humid 90 degree days filled with beach trips and cookouts, and in come the days of beautiful weather filled with football games and trips to the local pumpkin patch. The tastes of apple and pumpkin, the feel of the crisp morning air, and the sight of the beautiful red, orange and yellow foliage fill our senses. It is a wonderful time of year. The transition from summer to autumn brings all types of change, including changes to road conditions. Each season presents unique driving circumstances and fall is no different. Here are 6 fall driving tips to keep you safe on the road so you can enjoy the beautiful things that autumn has to offer.

Fall Driving Tips:

  1. The colorful leaves may be pretty to look at, but leaves on the road can be dangerous, especially when wet. Driving on slippery leaves can be similar to driving on ice. Leaves can also obstruct traffic lines, potholes, or pavement markings. Remember to use caution, drive slowly, and keep a safe following distance.
  2. As kids, we all loved jumping into a freshly-raked pile of leaves. But when these leaf piles are placed at the curb, they present hazards. There could be unseen dangers in a pile of leaves. Never drive through a pile of leaves.
  3. In Fall, the days are shorter which means visibility is reduced. Turn on your headlights and watch for pedestrians walking or biking on the roadway at dawn, dusk, or night. Also, remember to check that all of the lights on your car are working properly.
  4. With the time change, the sun rises and sets at different times. The sunset and sunrise may even occur during the morning and evening rush hour, producing a dangerous glare at times when more cars are on the road. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your car that you can wear to reduce sun glare.
  5. The cool overnight temperatures bring morning frost. Keep a snow broom/ice remover in your car and give yourself extra time to clear your windows of frost before you start driving. Make sure your wipers and defrosters are working as they should. Also, be aware of frost on the roadways, especially when driving on bridges, overpasses, or in a shaded area. Read: Do I need to clear snow off my car?
  6. Watch for deer. Deer accidents are common in the Fall because it’s mating season. If you see a deer, proceed with caution and slow down as they often travel in groups. Remember that deer are most active at dawn and dusk.

Read: 15 Important Things To Keep In Your Car During Winter

At Kane & Silverman, we want you to have a safe autumn filled with happy things like picking apples, carving pumpkins, and watching football.  Remember to follow these tips, take precautions, and be prepared when you drive this season. Have a safe and happy Fall!

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In the unfortunate event that you do get into a car crash this season, the car crash attorneys at Kane & Silverman can help. Contact us at 215-232-1000 or use our online contact form for a free case evaluation.