Each season presents unique driving circumstances, and autumn is no different. Consider these driving tips to stay safe on the road this season:
- Be mindful of leaf piles. Leaves on the road can be dangerous. When leaves are wet, it can be comparable to driving on ice—so take it slow.
- Be careful on bridges. It’s important to reduce your speed because morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas.
- Wear sunglasses. Even though temperatures are dropping, sun glare is still a hazard. Especially around the autumnal equinox, sunglasses can combat bright sun glare during the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset.
- Turn on the lights. Be sure to use your headlights, and keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists—especially at dawn, dusk or nighttime.
- Watch for children. Traffic in school zones may be increasing. Mind the speed limits and remember that kids may not always look both ways before crossing.
- Watch for wildlife. Most wildlife-vehicle collisions occur during the fall. In fact, you’re 3.5 times more likely to hit an animal—especially a deer—in November than in any other month.
No matter the season, it’s important to use caution, drive slowly and maintain a safe following distance from the car in front of you.