Five Safe Driving Tips for Fall

by | Sep 30, 2021

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are at least one million motor vehicle accidents involving large wildlife each year, killing 200 people, injuring 29,000 and causing more than $1 billion in property damage. All I have to do is look out the newly replaced picture window in my office and see small groups of mule deer walking across my lawn, pausing to have a snack on my landscaping before proceeding across the road behind the house.

fall.driving1. Watch out for wet leaves: Once leaves fall to the ground, they become wet and create slippery roadways, that are similar to icy conditions. Leaves can also get stuck to windshields and wipers and prevent drivers from seeing properly. Slow down on roads that are covered in leaves (especially on turns); be sure to remove all leaves from the windshield before driving and avoid parking under trees, if possible.

2. Be mindful of the light:  We lose one minute of daylight every day until Daylight Savings ends on November 7. The fading light of dusk often makes it difficult to see pedestrians, children or wildlife. Turn on your headlights earlier and reduce your speed.

3. Watch out for Frost: In many parts of the country, Autumn can be damp, rainy and/or foggy and this moisture can quickly turn into frost overnight. Drive slowly in the mornings, particularly when crossing bridges or overpasses, as these tend to frost quicker than other areas.

4. Drive with low beams in fog:  A common mistake drivers make is to turn on their high beams in foggy conditions. This aims the light high and into the fog, when your light should be low and hitting the road.

5. Keep your headlights clean: Over time, some of the headlights used for more modern cars become yellow, foggy and scratched due to environmental elements like UV rays and road debris. Not sure if your headlights are in need of repair? A simple look at the car in daylight and examining the headlights for one or more of these will help you determine if they need restoration:

  • The lenses look milky, foggy or yellow
  • You can’t see the bulb through the lens
  • The lenses are scratched or scarred

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