As the seasons change, so do road conditions. Falling leaves, fog, sun glare, increased precipitation and shorter days are all factors that drivers will be contending with as we head into the fall season. Here are a few tips to be safe and keep aware during this unpredictable season.
Watch out for Leaves. As pretty and colourful as leaves are, they can be dangerous. Wet leaves on the road can become slippery and make for unsafe driving conditions. Even when they are not wet, motorists should avoid parking over leaf piles as heat from your car’s exhaust or catalytic converter may be able to ignite a fire.
Keep your eyes open. As we head further into Fall, we have fewer daylight hours to play with. Before you know it, it will be dark as you head home from work. Reduced visibility during rush hour is a hazard to all motorists. Even if it is a route you are familiar with, pay close attention to surrounding motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and any animals that may cross your path. Don’t forget to turn your night time lights on if this is not an automatic feature for your car and ensure that your headlights are clean and free from dust and mud.
Keep sunglasses in your car. Sun glare can be a real nuisance for motorists as the sunrise begins to correspond with morning rush hour. Motorists in eastbound traffic can find themselves facing the sun directly for prolonged periods of time. This problem can reoccur for westbound motorists during sundown. To reduce the effects of sun glare, keep a pair of sunglasses in your car and don’t forget to use your sun visor. Give yourself extra time in the morning to prepare for any delays and ensure that your windshield is free of any condensation or frost before you leave.
Check your windshield wipers. Fall weather brings increased precipitation; rain, sleet, snowfall and even hail can dampen your driving experience and cause hazards as you commute. Check to make sure your windshields are in proper working order and replace them if they need to be. When it’s wet outside, avoid any sudden braking or steering movements to reduce your risk of hydroplaning. As always, if you feel it is unsafe to proceed in extreme weather conditions, find a safe place to pull over until it is safe to proceed again.
On behalf of DRIVING FORCE Vehicle Rentals, Sales and Leasing, have a safe and happy Fall Season.