It’s not uncommon to turn on the news and see stories about the dangers of distracted driving—whether it be from texting, talking, your dashboard touchscreen or the various other in-vehicle technologies that are available to us today in our cars. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, everyday about 100 people are involved in some sort of distracted driving accidents.
During autumn, drivers can face an array of other distractions, on top of texting and driving. We see beautiful, lush scenery spread out before us, as well as many different weather conditions to be prepared for and a lot less sunlight, leaving part of your commute in the dark. Make sure to keep yourself and your passengers safe this fall season by following these smart fall driving safety tips from Gary Barbera!
Keep your Eyes on the Road
While looking away from the road for a split second to take in the fall foliage may seem harmless, any time your eyes aren’t focused on the road ahead of you can be potentially dangerous. Concentrate on the road, be alert and limit your distractions by placing your cell phone in your bag or purse until you reach your destination.
After the Autumnal Equinox in September, the first hour after sunrise and before sunset can present some tough driving conditions due to sun glare. Sun glare can make it hard to see pedestrians, on-coming traffic and even the car in front of you. To help you see more clearly on these sunny fall days, make sure to always have a pair of sunglasses available in your car. Keep your windshield clean on the outside as well as wiping down the inside thoroughly. When approaching traffic lights, do so slowly as sometimes it’s more difficult to see due to the glare.
Once the beautiful fall leaves start to fall, they pose a potential driving hazard when laying on the roads. Not only are road lines and markings harder to see, leaves can make roads slick. Once it rains, wet leaves can become just as dangerous as an icy roadway. Drive slowly through any areas with wet leaves and avoid hard braking.
As it gets cooler out, we see the temperatures drop, especially in the early morning and for the nighttime commute. This temperature drop can cause morning dew or late-night rain to freeze, especially on bridges and overpasses. Watch your speed in these areas.
Fog and Rain
Fall is always a time of increased rainfall and fog in most areas. When it’s raining, be sure to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you and avoid hard braking which can result in hydroplaning. Fog can make it increasingly difficult to see, so remember to always use your low beams in this condition. Proceed with caution when approaching traffic lights and intersections.
In autumn, we see an increase of deer because it’s their breeding season. Deer are most active during the early mornings and around sunset so when passing a wooded area or a stretch of road dotted with deer signs, be alert and slow down.
Gary Barbera Cares and wants to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads this fall! He’s always ready to give you the best safety tips to help you avoid any weather-related accidents this season. Whether you’re driving to your in-laws for Thanksgiving in your new Jeep or heading up north for a ski trip in your Dodge, remember these important driving safety tips to keep you and your family safe.