Although we only have a few more weeks left to enjoy the brisk days of fall, it’s not too late to apply fall driving safety best practices to your daily commute. Following the hot days of summer, autumn can present us with unpredictable weather. Some days can reflect summer-like temperatures, while other days can be colder than normal, taunting us with what’s in store in the upcoming months of winter. Because of this, it can be difficult for drivers to feel well-versed in what the safest driving practices are for fall.
As school has commenced for the year and daylight savings time has concluded, it’s important to be privy to autumn elements that can impact your daily commute. Wet leaves, fog, frost and blazing sun glare are four areas to be prepared to handle this November. In order to make sure you and your loved ones are safe on the road as fall begins to trickle into winter, here is our list of fall driving tips.
Four fall driving safety tips
1. Wet leaves.
Even though fall foliage is a visually enticing season, it also marks the time of year where those beautiful leaves fall from the trees and accumulate onto the roadways. After a night of rain, those piled-up wet leaves can be just as slippery as ice is for our tires. In order to avoid a possible accident, it’s best to slow down when encountering a mound of leaves on your drive.
With the temperature on a steady decline, fog can begin to play a role in your daily commute, especially on or near hilly areas. If you encounter fog on your drive, it’s best to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you and stick to a slower speed.
As the temperatures begin to drop, frost begins to matriculate on the roadways. Although frost is more common during the winter months, frost begins to emerge in the autumn, especially in shaded areas and on bridges. To bypass a possible slippage from occurring, stay attentive while driving at slower speeds than usual.
4. Sun glare.
If your commute rises with the sun, you may need to ward off unwanted sun glare. Sun glare is the most luminous for the first 45 minutes following the sunrise. It can feel like the sun is pointed straight at your eyes, and quite frankly, there is some truth to that. Following the autumn equinox that takes place in late September, the sun moves closer to the horizon throughout the fall months. Thus, providing us all with an even ‘brighter’ start to our days. By having a trusted pair of sunglasses on hand, drivers can combat the intensity of the sun glare, as well as remain aware of any objects or animals on or near the roadways. After all, this blinding distraction can easily add minutes to your commute in order for you to reach your destination, safely.
Whether you are a new or a seasoned driver, it’s always a good practice to take into account how seasonality can impact your daily commute. While we only have a few weeks left of autumn, we want you and your loved ones to be safe on the road with these fall safety tips.