This time of year, it is beautiful to take long drives through the countryside to see the Fall foliage or go on day trips and adventures. But it is also a time when road and weather conditions may make traveling a bit more difficult.
Here are 5 fall driving safety tips:
Wet Leaves can be a hazard. It may surprise you to know that wet leaves in the fall are the equivalent of ice in the winter in terms of how slippery it can get. Drive slow through them and don’t brake hard if it is avoidable. Pay attention also to the road and where on it you are driving in case leaves are covering the lines or markers.
Be smart in rain. During fall, there may be an increase in rainfall. When you are driving in rain be sure to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Also watch your speed to avoid hydroplaning.
Be careful of icy patches. At this time of year, morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down and be alert for these areas.
Watch out for deer. Autumn marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active especially at sunset and sunrise. Drive with caution especially near woods and on back roads.
Make sure your vehicle is in good shape and:
- Check your tire pressure more often. Tires lose 1 to 2 pounds of pressure for every 10-degree temperature drop so keep an eye on it and pump more in as needed.
- Replace your windshield wipers and make sure they are all weather ones that will work well in the upcoming winter months also.
- Adjust your headlights. If your headlights seem too dim or point more to the ground, ask your mechanic to make any necessary adjustments.
Here at John Scott Insurance Agency, we want to help you on the road so just reach out and we can review your coverages to make sure that is one less thing you have to worry about before you start out on your long country drives.