The fall season is one of our favorite times of the year to just take a drive. However, the cooling temperatures and school season can also mean a few more hazards on the roads each morning. Find our 5 best tips for safe driving during the fall season below.
5 Safe Driving Tips for the Fall Season
Beware of Morning Frost
Cooler fall nights bring morning frost that can easily become slippery, especially on bridges or in shady areas. Be on the lookout for any patches of ice and drive more slowly over those areas. If you do find yourself slipping, ease off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you want to go until you feel traction under your tires again.
Watch for Animals
Animal crossings (especially deer) become more common in the fall season, especially around dawn and dusk. Slow down on country roads and scan the perimeter of the roads for movement so you have plenty of time to slow down if the need arises.
Slow Down Near Schools
Roads can become quite crowded on fall mornings and afternoons when school is in session. Slow down in school areas and be sure to keep an eye out for kids trying to cross the road or for inexperienced drivers who still need a little practice navigating the roads. It’s also important to be aware of school buses and to stop at a safe distance behind them when their stop signs are facing outward.
Avoid Braking on Wet Leaves
A large pile of wet leaves can be just as slippery as a patch of ice. If you do need to drive over patches of wet leaves, treat them like you would ice by slowing down and avoiding slamming on your brakes.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Fluctuations in temperature can cause your tire pressure to change, and as the fall season brings cooler weather tires can quickly become underinflated leading to poor efficiency and dangerous driving conditions. Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly and especially when the temperature fluctuates more than 10 degrees from one day to the next.