Don’t you love driving on the roads during autumn, when your regular commute often becomes a scenic drive?
It’s very beautiful, but fall also marks the advent of other changes that can create safety issues on the road. These hazards include wet leaves, fog, sun glare, frost and even deer. However, you need not worry if you arm yourself with knowledge to reduce these risks.
For example, consider wet leaves. They can be as slippery as black ice and may cover road markings and traffic lines. As a rule, avoid them. Parking on piles of dry leaves can pose a significant threat, as your catalytic convertor and exhaust may become hot enough to start a fire.
The bright orange autumn sun is another hazard. At this time of year, the sun rises and sets during your morning and evening commutes, sometimes causing a blinding glare that can severely reduce your visibility of the cars next to and in front of you. Don’t drive too close to the car in front of you. And make time to clean off the insides of your car windows and windshield to reduce that glare. And be sure to keep a pair of sunglasses in the car.
As the mornings get colder, you’ll also find frost on your car windows and on the roads, all of which create dangerous driving conditions. Even if you’re in a hurry or running late, take a couple minutes to clear your windshield and windows before leaving your home. Such a simple effort can save you from an accident and potential serious injury to yourself and other drivers on the road. Also be careful while going over bridges and overpasses, which could have accumulations of ice even if the roadways don’t.
With cooler temperatures often comes fog. Slow down when driving in foggy conditions. If the fog is severe, turn on your hazard lights. Use your low beams and/or fog lights if you have them. Do not use your high beams, as they will reflect back at you, making driving even more difficult.
So now you’ve dealt with wet leaves, the sun, frost and fog. Is there anything else to avoid? Yes, those silent, graceful animals, your friendly neighborhood deer. They are great to look at, but deer are particularly active this time of year, and they can cause serious accidents. Deer are most active around dawn and dusk, so be watchful. If you see a single deer cross the roadway, slow down because there are probably more to come; deer typically travel in herds. Keep in mind that almost 50 percent of all deer-related car accidents occur during the months of October and November.
The experienced agents at Hubbard Insurance Agency are here to answer all of your questions and make sure you have the coverage you need for fall driving. Stop in or give us a call anytime. We’d love to hear from you.