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. [Read more…]