Commuting to and from work gets more dangerous in the fall. Autumn has a set of risks that are important for all drivers to watch out for, especially if they are trying to avoid accidents. After all, these unfortunate incidents can drive up your auto insurance rates even if it isn’t your fault when they happen.
Rain and Slick Roads
It can rain any day of the year. However, during the fall you need to be extra vigilant against rainy conditions. The problem is that leaves are falling off of the trees that line our roadways. That presents another dangerous hazard that you need to be aware of; leaves can contribute to the roads being even slicker than usual. That’s why you need to drive more carefully – stick to a reasonable speed, don’t take turns too quickly, and don’t follow other drivers too closely. You need to make sure that your car’s tires are in good condition because if they aren’t, you could be in more trouble than you think. Use the penny test to check on the integrity of your tire treads, and if you notice that you are hydroplaning on wet roads more often, it might be a sign you need new tires.
The Presence of Deer
Deer are also much more active during the fall and the winter than any other time of year. Between October and January, you’ll probably see them out and about during the pre-dawn hours or just after nightfall. In some cases, you can see them before the sun is fully down. Hitting a deer can cause catastrophic damage, which is bad news for your auto insurance provider. Slow down as you come around turns, keep an eye peeled for deer along the side of the road, and watch out for signs that you warn you deer are close by. If possible, use your high beams to see better, especially if it’s still dark out when you are driving.
You might have noticed that the sun has started going down earlier and earlier. This is a natural part of the Earth’s cycle as summer turns into fall. We’re a few weeks into fall now, but the unusual warmth may not make you feel that way. Stay alert if you’re driving near sunset or after it gets dark outside. It’s much easier to see during the daytime, so you’ll need to be more careful at night. Watch out for pedestrians who dash across the road unexpectedly or anything in the road that you might not see coming right away.
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