Fall brings a myriad of changes: cooler temperatures, shorter days, and picturesque landscapes painted in hues of gold and crimson. However, these transformations also come with unique challenges for drivers.
Be Mindful of Leaves
- Slippery When Wet: Wet leaves on the road can be as slippery as ice. Reduce your speed when driving over them, especially around bends.
- Covered Road Markings: A thick blanket of leaves can obscure road markings, making it challenging to discern lanes or other crucial indications. Remain vigilant and proceed with caution.
Adjust to Reduced Daylight
- Use Your Lights: As dusk approaches earlier, ensure your headlights are on, even if it’s still somewhat light outside, to increase visibility to other drivers.
- Be Prepared for Glare: The angle of the sun during sunrise and sunset can create significant glare. Keep sunglasses handy and use your sun visor.
Watch Out for Frost
- Bridges Freeze First: Elevated structures like bridges and overpasses tend to freeze before roadways. Approach them with care during frosty mornings.
- Defrost Your Windshield: Ensure your windshield is clear of frost before setting out. It improves visibility and ensures you’re adhering to the law.
Stay Alert for Wildlife
- Peak Deer Activity: Fall marks a surge in deer activity due to the mating season. Be especially cautious during dawn and dusk when these animals are most active.
- Use High Beams: When there’s no oncoming traffic, use high beams to better spot animals on or near the roadway.
Prepare for Varying Weather Conditions
- Rain and Wet Roads: Fall showers can make roads slippery. Maintain a safe following distance and ensure your tires are in good condition.
- Fog Patches: Fall mornings can be foggy. If you encounter fog, reduce your speed, use low-beam headlights, and avoid using high beams as they can reflect off the fog and reduce visibility.
Routine Vehicle Maintenance
- Check Tires: Cold temperatures can reduce tire pressure. Regularly check and maintain proper inflation, and ensure your tires have adequate tread. The NHTSA has a handy guide on tire maintenance.
- Inspect Lights: With reduced daylight hours, it’s essential to ensure all your vehicle’s lights are functioning correctly.
Driving in the fall presents its own set of challenges, but with a bit of preparedness and mindfulness, you can enjoy the season’s beauty safely. Jones & Swanson is dedicated to the well-being of our community. Should you require any assistance or guidance, especially in unforeseen circumstances on the road, know that we’re here to support you.