Every season has its good sides and its hazards. Yes, even the mildness of fall. As the weather changes, so will driving conditions out on the road. Beware of these hazards so you can keep yourself and others safe.
When it hasn’t rained in a while, both dust and oil accumulate on the road. The first rain is one of the most dangerous times because it hasn’t washed away the oil. This creates extra slippery conditions for drivers making hydroplaning more likely. Slow down once it starts to rain and even once the weather clears to avoid these mini oil slicks on the road.
Falling leaves are both beautiful and hazardous. They make the roads more slippery than normal, especially when it rains. They also obscure roadway lines and potholes so that you can’t see what’s on the road ahead of you. Another hazard you might not be aware of are all the out-of-town visitors who like to see the leaves. They’re not paying attention to the road and may stop with no warning. Watch out for these drivers as much as the leaves.
With cooler temperatures comes fog. You already know that fog makes it more difficult to see the road ahead, but that’s the not only hazard. Many drivers mistakenly put on their high beams in foggy weather which creates a bad glare and makes it more difficult for other drivers to see. Use your low beams and drive slower when it’s foggy to stay safe out on the road.
If rain is slippery, frost and ice are even worse. It’s not completely winter yet, so the frost might surprise you. It only takes one cold snap overnight to create bad road conditions in the morning. Be careful out on the road no matter where you drive, but be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and in shaded areas where it’s easier for frost and ice to form.
At the beginning of November, the time changes and we’re all driving in darkness when we’re not used to it. Many drivers don’t see well at night, and the added lights create a glare and make it even more difficult. Add in a few poor weather conditions like rain, fog, or frost, and darkness is a recipe for auto accidents. Slow down and take your time until you adjust to driving in the dark again.
Fall weather is prime deer mating season. This means there are more of them, especially in wooded areas and on rural roads. Hitting a deer is dangerous for you and the deer, so pay attention on the road, at night or during the day. If you see deer on the side of the road, slow down to give yourself time to react in case one decides to cross the road in front of you.
Glare from the Sun
It seems counterintuitive but as the summer ends, the glare from the sun actually becomes worse. The sun moves closer to the horizon at this time of year, and it definitely impacts your driving. Driving towards the sun can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic and driving away from it, with the sun in your rearview mirror can make it just as tough. Keep your windshield clean to avoid glare from dirty streaks and use sunglasses to protect your eyes.
By being aware of fall driving hazards, you can avoid many auto accidents. For the accidents you can’t avoid, you need a solid auto insurance policy to help get you back on the road again. At Charlotte Insurance, we can help you find the best auto insurance coverage that fits your budget. Contact us today for a free estimate!