Fall is the season to enjoy colorful leaves, smell delicious pumpkin pie, and the start of the holiday season. Yet, for drivers, fall is also the season that brings a lot of risks on the road. So how do you stay safe on the road this fall?
We’ve prepared a list of fall driving safety tips so you can stay safe on the road during the season.
- Watch out for animals. Fall is the deer mating season, therefore they are most active around dawn. If you are traveling between 6 pm and 9 pm, be attentive and alert . If you happen to spot a deer on the road, slow down and don’t swerve. Swerving can put you at risk to hitting another vehicle or losing control of your car.
- Be aware of leaves. Falling leaves can be hazardous for drivers because they obscure road lines. Drive slowly through wet leaves and do not brake. Wet leaves can be slippery and increase stopping distance.
- Slow down during heavy rainfalls. Over time, oil builds up on the road causing the surface to get slippery after it rains. Avoid hard braking and leave a safe amount of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Inspect your tires. Do your tires have sufficient tread? Tires with adequate tread perform better on the roads, especially on wet surfaces. Also, check the air pressure to avoid a blowout. For every 10 degree temperature drop, tires lose 1 to 2 pounds of air pressure.
- Fog. Fog is prevalent in low areas, especially near water, hills, and trees. Because it lowers visibility, many drivers turn on their high beams. Unfortunately, this is a common mistake that most drivers make because it creates a glare and makes it harder to see. The best solution is to slow down and leave space behind the car in front of you.
This post was written by Waspy's Truck Stop