Changing Leaves, Changing Driving Conditions

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We have passed the hot days and crazy road trip traffic of summer and are not quite to the days of snow drift and icy roads in winter, but autumn is also a season that poses dangerous driving conditions that need to be observed with caution. Fall is a season of change, and this goes for the weather and road conditions. At Defensive Driving, we believe in being prepared and aware at all times out on the roads, so follow these tips to ensure your fall travel is safe and sound.

Check your Headlights and Taillights
Daylight savings is just around the corner, and with that comes shorter days and morning and evening commutes taking place in the dark. Ensure your headlights and taillights are in good working order and don’t hesitate to use them, even at the early parts of dusk. Keep a flashlight in your car in case you need to check on anything while driving in the dark hours.  

Be Aware of Wet Leaves
Fall foliage is a beautiful aspect of the season, but leaves that fall to the roadways can pose a danger to drivers. These piles of leaves are especially dangerous when wet, so be sure to slow your speed if it begins to rain or you are driving in an area with recent rain or frost.   

Check your Tire Pressure

Fluctuating temperatures are commonplace in the fall months, and these drastic changes can negatively affect your tire pressure. Check the pressure before heading out on a long trip and throughout the season to make sure the tires are maintaining a safe amount of air pressure.

Watch for Animals

Fall is prime time for animals such as deer and antelope to increase their activity and start moving to new locations for the winter months. Pay extra attention in wilderness areas where they can unexpectedly spring in front of your car. According to Drive Safe PA the morning and evening hours are generally when the animals are the most active.

Prepare for Harsh Weather

The days of fall can still be warm and sunny, but the winter months are not far off, and oftentimes the weather can change quickly, so prepare yourself for unexpected winter weather. Ensure that your car has adequate tread on the tires and your heater is in working order. Create a winter safety kit including water, blankets, non-perishable food and a flashlight to prepare you for the possibility of being stranded.

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