It went by in a hurry, but the summer season is coming to an end. While the summer itself brings a lot of rain, the Fall season comes with a change in weather conditions. This can make for a slight adjustment period in terms of driving, as you have to prepare for the change. Always use safe judgment, and make sure to follow these tips.
Navigating The Leaves
During the autumn period, leaves will be plummeting toward the ground and building up on roads. Primarily after a thunderstorm, the leaves can become incredibly slippery. Leaves on the ground often get overlooked in comparison to other hazards, such as snow, rain, and black ice. However, they’re actually quite dangerous as well, and the threat posed can be just as severe if you’re not careful. Whether it’s impacting your wheels or covering the road, leaves can cause trouble. Many of these tips may seem like common sense, but the most basic principles are often forgotten.
What You Should Know
It’s important to slow down when you approach an area filled with leaves. Especially around sharp turns, your tires could easily falter. You should keep your windshield clear of any leaf debris, as it will clearly hinder your vision. Always keep a safe distance between you and other drivers, giving yourself adequate time to react. Finally, your headlights should be set on low. If you drive through the fog during this season, high beamed headlights will reflect back at you, making it difficult to clearly see the road in front of you.
The difference between the summer and fall, other than temperatures, is the amount of daylight available. In the fall, darkness will set in around five or six o’clock. If you’re on a residential road, be aware of people exercising or children playing. If you’re on the highway (which is most likely), keep a pair of sunglasses for sunsets.
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