15 Sep Fall Driving Safety Tips
Good drivers take into account seasonal influences into how they drive. Obviously, you are going to drive very differently in the midst of winter than you would in mid-July, as the threats on the road are very different. However, now that we are coming into the fall season, it is important to realize that there are different factors that affect how you drive in autumn, as well. Here are some tips to remember when you are driving, this fall!
Be aware of twilight hours and night
In the fall, it begins to get darker, earlier, as the angle of the earth tilts away from direct sunlight (at least in North America). In addition to this, the daylight savings change happens, which means that we get even less sunlight at the end of a 9-to-5 job. Because of this, it’s important to be aware that you’re probably going to be spending more time driving in darkness and twilight hours (which are even more dangerous than night time hours). When driving at night, use more caution, and make sure that you get your headlights cleaned and checked.
Beware of wild animals
According to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), you are around 350% more likely to hit an animal when driving during the fall (and in November, in particular). The primary animal that increases the chances around this time of year are deer, which are more active in the midst of their mating season. If you’ve ever seen a car hit a deer, you know that it can do quite a number on both the deer and the vehicle. For this reason, make sure that you’re more cautious in areas that are more likely to contain wildlife.
Get used to wetter weather
Rates of precipitation increase from the summer to the fall, and rainstorms are a lot more likely to occur during this time of year. As you probably know, driving in the rain comes with a whole host of different threats. For this reason, it’s a good idea to prepare your car for the wetter weather. Switching your tires to winter-ready tires that have more tread is probably a good idea to do, sooner rather than later. In addition, make sure to watch out for puddles, which can cause hydroplaning.