The fall season is in full swing, which means there are certain hazards on the roads in Washington. Fortunately, you can keep safe by using these fall driving tips to your advantage.
Falling leaves on the road
Although the leaves look beautiful as they change color, they can be dangerous when they fall on the roads. Fallen leaves are often slip hazards and can cause your vehicle to skid. To avoid getting into an accident, you should slow down when you notice fallen leaves on the road. Give plenty of room between your car and the vehicle ahead and remove leaves from your windshield before driving.
Fewer daylight hours
Fall means less daylight compared with the spring and summer. Take care when driving after dark. There may be people out walking, running or riding bicycles. Use defensive driving and watch for children at bus stops and during Halloween. Always use your headlights when it starts getting dark out.
Changing weather conditions
The weather is often dark, damp and foggy in the fall. Visibility can be reduced in the morning and at night. The temperature also typically dips, resulting in frost on the ground during the night. These conditions can make driving more challenging and make for an uptick in car accidents. If you’re driving in foggy conditions, use the low beam setting on your headlights. Slow down after the first frost has occurred and be on the alert for potential patches of black ice on the roadways.
Properly maintain your vehicle
Once the chillier fall weather arrives, you have to ensure that your vehicle is able to handle it. Proper vehicle maintenance could prevent accidents. If your windshield wiper blades are worn out, they should be replaced. You might also need to get new tires that are better equipped for driving in frost. Your headlights should be in good working condition. Get a tune-up from your mechanic if necessary.