With summer slowly transitioning into fall, changes in the environment will begin to appear. Leaves turning from green to orange and to leaves falling; all these seasonal changes bring forth fresh starts to a whole new period in life. As many people are coming back from vacation and many others return to school, the roadways are sure to get crowded.
August is the busiest month to drive. As the weather changes and leaves begin to fall, drivers should be ready for the adjustments they will have to make. The long sunlit days will soon be over and replaced with mist and possible rain.
In order to increase awareness during the fall driving season, here are some situations every driver should be aware about:
- Fog. As the days get cooler, fog will begin to settle in earlier and for longer periods of time. A careful driver should always drive a tad bit slower when there is fog around. Because mist limits visibility, fog is one of the biggest driving hazards in high-altitude areas. Make sure to turn on the fog lights when out driving in misty areas where it is difficult to assess what is in front of you.
- Leaves. One of the main icons of fall is the leaves that lie around in yards and sometimes in roads. While yellow and orange leaves are pleasant aesthetically, they can prove to be hazardous when they cover the road. Wet leaves layered on roads and highways may cause cars to spin out. When driving through an area heavy with leaves, it will be best to slow down rather than to accelerate through them.
- Frost. In colder areas frost can form around the car windows as well as on the roads. Bring a small windshield scraper in your car just in case you will need to take some frost off your windows. Also, don’t drive fast on roads covered in frost since hydroplaning or slipping can occur.
- Rain. Many drivers who are not used to travelling in the rain may have a harder time driving carefully in wet weather. Slow down on the road if the rain is getting too heavy and preventing normal flow of traffic. Many accidents occur on wet roads so drivers must be aware at all times.
- Sunlight. The switch from long days to shorter days and longer nights can be a hard adjustment for some. As the sun sets earlier and earlier, drivers commuting home from work may have to endure the sunrays’ glare on their windshield. By keeping a clean windshield, drivers can reduce the chances of the glare decreasing their vision on the road.
For the autumn season, drivers should be ready for the weather and environment changes that will happen quickly. Being a cautious driver can help prevent unwanted personal injuries in car accidents.