The holiday season in quick approaching. Take note of these fall driving safety tips before you take to the roads!
With the air becoming crisp and the leaves changing their color, the signs are clear that the holiday season is quickly approaching. Many enjoy this season by taking long, relaxing drives with their loved ones. However, before you take to the roads, you should take note of these fall driving tips.
Fall Road Hazards
From sun to frost and rain, fall weather could take many turns. These temperature changes can make driving difficult. During this season, drivers should stay cautious of the following hazards:
Sun glare during rush hour can make it difficult for the drivers to see street signs, oncoming traffic, and pedestrians. When the sun sets behind the car, it can become extremely difficult to see out of the rear view mirror or the traffic lights ahead. Drivers should slow down and be cautious.
Fog is a dangerous driving hazard and the risk is greater when driving around areas surrounded by hills, water, or trees. So, drivers should slow down, and use low beams or fog lights when they encounter foggy conditions. In dense fog drivers should turn on their hazard lights.
Rains during the fall season can make roads extra slippery, because of the rubber and oil buildup from traffic during the summer. So, until the first few rains wash it away, motorists should exercise caution and drive slow. Drivers should keep their headlights and windshield wipers on.
With weather getting colder, the effects of ice and frost can be dangerous. Drivers should be extra careful when driving on overpasses and bridges, because these areas tend to freeze quickly. Keep a look out for black ice and defrost your windshield before driving.
Ensure That the Car is Well-Maintained
Get your car serviced before the temperature drops. Pay special attention to these car parts:
Tires: Colder weather causes the air pressure in the tires to drop. Make sure the tires are properly inflated. This will ensure both safety and fuel efficiency. For optimal driving traction, brakes and tires should be in good condition.
Windshield wipers: Check the wiper blades and ensure they are fit to last through the season.
Fluids: Ensure that all fluids and oil are clean. Check the fluid levels, they should be above minimum recommended levels.
Remember, traffic from motor vehicles and pedestrians increases during the fall season, and drivers need to be extra cautious. You should keep an eye out when driving in areas with children and deer. With children back to school, drivers should slow down when driving around school zones and buses. Also, deer tend to be more active in the fall months, especially during dawn and dusk.
These simple tips can go a long way in keeping you and others safe. However, it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate the possible of an accident. If you get into an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, discuss your case with an experienced St. Louis accident lawyer. Call us today at (314) 361-4242 for a free case evaluation.