In the Midwest, fall is a gorgeous time of year. The changing leaves and crisp air provide great weather for all sorts of outdoor activities before it gets too cold. However, it is still important to take precautions when driving due to a variety of potential road hazards that are unique to the season.
The experienced attorneys of Hupy and Abraham have provided this list of fall driving tips to help avoid the most common causes for accidents during this time of year.
Always remember to:
- Watch Out for Wet, Falling Leaves: As leaves begin to fall, wet leaves on the roadway can be as slippery as ice. They also can obscure traffic lines and other pavement markings, making driving in unfamiliar areas difficult. Be sure to slow down and use extra caution when you see leaves covering the road.
- Remain Extra Cautious in Fog: When driving in foggy weather, drivers should use low-beam headlights as high beams will create glare and reduce visibility rather than help it. Low-beam headlights will also enhance visibility of your vehicle on overcast days.
- Prepare for Sun Glare: The glare from the sun can easily, and suddenly, blind drivers. Be sure to keep sunglasses handy, as sunrises and sunsets can be very bright in fall and tend to coincide with the morning and evening rush hours. Also remember to remove all clutter from sun visors and keep the inside of windshields clean.
- Never Veer for Deer: In some areas, deer are incredibly common. At night, their skittish presence near roadways can be very dangerous. If a crash with a deer is unavoidable, don’t swerve, because you could cause another accident. Brake firmly and hold onto the steering wheel with both hands. Then, come to a controlled stop and move the vehicle out of traffic to a safe location.
- Look Out for Frosty Roads: As temperatures lower with the sun, frost can form on windshields and roads. Slow down when approaching bridges and overpasses, as they are quicker to collect frost. And always be sure to clear your windshield completely before driving.
Alternatively, it’s important to keep your vehicle properly maintained, especially before winter comes. We also recommend keeping a quality winter emergency kit in your vehicle. Click HERE for a checklist to help prepare the inside and outside of your vehicle for winter.But in the event that you or a loved one are injured in a car accident this fall due to the negligent or dangerous actions of another driver, please contact Hupy and Abraham right away. For a free consultation call 800-800-5678, or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com