Safety Precautions for Fall Road Conditions
As September comes to a close and the leaves start to change, it is important to be
aware of new seasonal hazards on the road.
As Daylight Savings Time ends, you will inevitably be spending more time driving in the dark. Darkness is known to compromise depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision.
Be prepared for bright sunlight and glares - particularly 15-45 minutes before sunset and after sunrise.
Autumn is the beginning of breeding season for deers, and you are more likely to hit a deer in November than any other time of the year (according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Deers are more active near the roadways this time of year, and drivers should take special precautions at dawn and dusk and when driving near wooded areas.
While the changing leaves are beautiful, wet leaves on the road can be as slippery as ice. Make sure your treads are in good shape for peak performance on slippery surfaces and do not hard brake on wet leaves.
As temperature changes, be aware that tires will drop one pound per square inch of pressure for every 10-degree temperature drop. The main reason for this is the dropping temperatures, which cause the air to become denser and consequently lower the tire pressure.
If you are driving in fog, remember to use your low beam lights to make yourself visible to fellow drivers. Leave extra space, and if you are having trouble with visibility, following the lines on the road with your eyes can help you stay in your lane.