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The Season of Change

The Season of Change

While safe driving is essential throughout the year, following some simple safety tips this Autumn will make you a safer driver.


Alter Driving Habits

Autumn is typically a damp season, with cooler and foggier days and nights.

When driving in fog, set your headlights to low beam. This allows the beams of light to point downward, toward the roadway.

As the temperatures cool, frost will often form on the roadway, causing hazardous driving conditions. Bridges and overpasses freeze more quickly, so take special caution by slowing down and breaking gently. Also, be aware that black ice can form on roadways as well.


Adjust for Fewer Hours of Daylight

In the Fall, there are fewer hours of daylight. In the earlier evening, it is common for children to be outside playing or riding bikes. Neighbors may be walking dogs or taking an early evening stroll. In the fading light of dusk, it is more difficult to see them.

Additionally, with children back to school and Halloween just around the corner, it is important to watch for pedestrians on the road. Just because you see them, doesn’t mean they see you.


Maintain Your Vehicle

Autumn is the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is up to par and ready for the winter season. Replace old windshield wipers and replace or clean dirty headlights for better visibility. Check your tire treads and tire pressure. Bald or underinflated tires can make slippery conditions worse. It’s also a great idea to have an emergency safety kit in your vehicle for some added peace of mind.


Additional Fall Safety Tips to Consider

Fall sunrises and sunsets can be blinding when driving. The bright sun often creates a large amount of glare, making it difficult to see. Wearing sunglasses during these times reduces the danger.

Fall is the active breeding time for deer. They’re more likely to run onto the roadway, especially at dusk. If you see a deer cross the road, proceed with caution, as they often travel in groups.