Fall Safety Driving Tips

There are pumpkins on every doorstep, leaves on the ground and the first chill of the season has finally set in: it’s officially fall. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, many of us have already begun celebrating. With the weather changing, so should our driving habits. The days are growing shorter and our commutes to and from work are likely much darker than they were a few weeks ago. Daylight savings time is ending, so it’s only natural that we’ll be spending more time outside during times of limited visibility. It’s¬†important to adjust to these seasonal changes when we’re behind the wheel.

Autumn can be a damp, wet season with unpredictable weather changes. Fog and frost can make driving difficult. Remember to drive slowly over bridges and overpasses, as they freeze more quickly than other parts of the road.

With temperatures cooling off, many joggers are taking to the streets in the early morning or evenings. This time is dangerous for drivers and pedestrians, as visibility can be limited. Always be on the lookout for people walking their dogs, children at bus stops, and bicyclists, particularly during dark hours.

Make sure your car is ready for potentially dangerous driving conditions. Check your tire pressure routinely, since weather and temperature changes can effect the way your tires expand and contract. Replace your wiper blades if they’re showing signs of wear, keep your headlights in good working order and consider storing a first aid kit in your vehicle. You never know when it could come in handy.

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