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Tips for Staying Safe While Driving in Fall Weather Conditions

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2016 | Helpful Tips

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Fall is all about the leaves changing, weather turning crisp, and of course, the rainstorms. While most of us assume that there are no hazards on the road in the fall, you would be surprised to see how many accidents occur because of fall weather. There are ways you can stay safe on the road this fall and avoid causing an accident. If you are involved in an accident due to another driver’s error, contact an auto accident attorney immediately for assistance.

Avoid Braking on Leaves

Leaves will accumulate on the roadways, especially on unused highway sections. These leaves can be slippery, just like ice. If you need to pass through a leaves, do so cautiously and avoid braking over the leaves – which could cause your vehicle to lose control. In addition, leaves can cover road markers, so be sure that you know where the edge of the roadway is, and stay in your lane accordingly.

Be Careful With Sun Glare

The autumnal equinox occurs the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and right before sunset. This sun can be exceptionally bright and make it impossible to see clearly. If you cannot see, pull off to the side of the road and wait. Also, wear a good pair of sunglasses any time when you are driving in the sun to avoid accidents because of sun glare.

Be Smart About How You Drive In the Rain

During the fall season, there is typically an increase in rainfall. Keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you, especially in these rainstorms. Also, be on the lookout for the risk of hydroplaning and know how to control your vehicle if it does happen.

Be Cautious on Bridges

As the temperatures drop at night in the fall, ice may accumulate on bridges, shady areas, and overpasses. Drive through these areas with caution.

Be On the Lookout for Deer

This is the time of year when deer will make their way out of the mountains and woods and start crossing roadways – even busy highways. If you are driving at sunrise or sunset, be on the lookout for deer. It is mating season, which forces them to sometimes travel into neighborhoods and even the metropolitan area (surprisingly).

Have Your Vehicle Checked Out

Make sure that your vehicle is ready for fall driving. That means checking your tire pressure, making sure you have adequate tread on your tires, replacing windshield wipers, and adjusting your headlines. You should also bring your vehicle in for a safety inspection.

Injured in an Accident This Fall? Contact an Auto Accident Attorney

Fall season brings along road hazards that many drivers are unaware of. If you were injured in an auto accident because of another drivers’ negligence, the team at Jacobs Law, LLC can help. We may be able to help you receive compensation for your losses and injuries. Schedule your free consultation today by completing our online contact form. An attorney will be in touch with you as soon as possible.


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