Now that Labor Day has come and gone, and the nights are starting to get cooler, it’s a good time to start thinking about how to stay safe on the road in the coming season. You might not think much about it, but fall poses a few new dangers for truck drivers that summer does not. Below, we have laid out a few autumnal hazards for you to keep in mind while driving your route. We hope these will help you increase the safety of yourself and others on the road.
With each passing day until late December, the days will be getting shorter and the nights will be getting longer. We know you’re used to driving your route at night, but don’t underestimate the impact those longer nights can have on you. You might find yourself feeling sleepier with less exposure to the light of day. Don’t fall victim to highway hypnosis. Do everything you can to stay awake behind the wheel.
It may surprise you that wildlife tends to be more active at this time of year. For the most part, this harmless: birds migrating to South America, squirrels clambering for nuts. But don’t be surprised if you notice a significant increase in deer activity, too. White-tailed and sika deer are some of the greatest threats to the safety of drivers by night. Be on the look-out this hunting season.
Fallen leaves might not seem like too much of a threat. One perk of truck driving in the fall is undoubtedly the influx of red and yellow trees to behold. But wet leaves on the road can pose a significant threat to your safety. They can be nearly as slippery as ice. Also, please keep in mind that leaves can obscure potholes and other hazards on the road.
Ice is certainly not as great of a threat in Maryland during fall as it is in winter. Still, the temperature is pretty much guaranteed to dip below freezing a few times this fall—especially at night. If you know that there could be ice on the road, slow down and stay as alert as you can. And don’t forget: ice forms more quickly on bridges and overpasses.
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