As the seasons change, so do the weather conditions. This can pose a number of challenges to drivers everywhere. It’s key to practice safe driving by using your best judgment. While driving, keep these tips in mind to ensure that your ride is as safe as possible.
Leaves On The Road Pose Dangers In The Fall
When leaves fall on the roadway and build up they can become extremely wet and slippery, especially after storms. They can pose driving conditions similar to those of driving on ice. However, while most people take the danger posed by ice into consideration, fewer people watch out for leaves, making them quite potentially dangerous. If temperatures turn freezing, the leaves freeze and can reduce traction, cause skidding, and make it more likely that drivers will lose control of their vehicles. They can also cover road markings, making it hard to know the location of lanes. If you are driving on a leaf-filled road, keep these safe driving tips in mind.
- Slow down, especially around turns.
- Avoid driving through leaf piles, as children often play in them.
- Keep your windshield leaf free.
- Never park your vehicle in a pile of leaves, as this can be a potential fire hazard.
- Put your headlight on a low beam while driving through the autumn fog.
- Keep extra space between you and the car in front of you.
Important Safe Driving Tips
In the fall there are fewer hours of daylight, but people will still be out and about. Keep your eyes peeled for people running and biking and children playing in the early dark. Keep an eye out for bus stops, busses, and children crossing the street or waiting for the school bus. Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle as well as an emergency kit. Keep up on truck maintenance and be on the lookout for deer if you live in a heavily populated deer area. They often travel in groups.
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