Back-to-school traffic and falling leaves aren’t the only hazards unique to Autumn (see Part 1). Some people may think of Autumn as simply the season that leads to Winter, and while that view may seem pessimistic, it also hints at some dangers that are posed to drivers used to sunny skies and dry, carefree roads.
Especially when it hasn’t rained in two or three weeks, rain can combine with oil and dust, making roads especially slick. A similar danger accompanies fog, which creates wet, slippery roads.
Of course, fog also decreases visibility and makes it difficult to judge distance. Some drivers inadvertently limit themselves further by putting on high beams, which create glare. You can be pro-active on your morning commute by planning to avoid areas near hills, trees, or water, whenever possible, especially as it gets colder out. If you find yourself in a foggy area, be sure to slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
A third weather-related hazard during Autumn mornings is frost and icy spots, caused by cold temperatures overnight. Bridges and shaded areas can be especially susceptible to such conditions, so be cautious when driving along them.
In addition to these weather-related hazards, you can prepare your vehicle for peak Autumn functionality by checking your tire pressure, which can fluctuate due to the rapidly changing weather. (Tire pressure problems can result in blow outs or decreased control.
While the golden sun of Autumn can be remarkably beautiful, it can also cause extra glare, particularly during your morning and afternoon commute, making pedestrians and other vehicles difficult to spot. Sun glare can be an issue whether you’re driving into it or away from it, when you can be blinded by it via your rearview mirror. Sun glare can cause blindness for seconds after exposure, making good driving decisions difficult.
Whenever possible, utilize your visors and make sure you have sunglasses handy. Take extra care while approaching traffic signals as well, being sure you see the signal clearly before making a move. You’ll also want to avoid using high-gloss washing and waxing products that can increase sun glare. Do keep your windshield clean, though; sunlight tends to make smudges and dust particles more problematic to your vision.
Increased Animal Activity
If you’re a hunter, you realize that deer and other wildlife can be particularly active this time of year. This is mating season for deer, and migrating season for many animals. Sometimes they can make erratic decisions, darting into the road quickly and without warning. Anywhere there’s cover on either side of the roadway, slow down and be extra alert for potential road-bound wildlife. Mounting a Save-a-Deer Whistle on your vehicle may provide added protection against hitting an animal.
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