Fall driving hazards
By Leslie Caveny
There are a number of hazards that can occur while driving this fall. It’s important to remember all of the changes that are taking place while transitioning from heat and humidity to cooler conditions.
Longer nights and shorter days reduces visibility making maintaining your headlights especially important. If it’s been more than a year since you replaced your headlights, you may want to consider buying a new pair so you have them if one of your current headlights no longer works. Make sure you also clean your headlights so there is a better contrast between high and low beams, allowing you to see better and others to see you.
When rain mixes with fallen leaves it can make for a slippery combination. Be careful not to make sudden changes in your speed while driving over the leaves, whether it’s hitting the brakes or the gas.
The number of accidents involving deer also rises in the fall months. You’ll know when you’re entering a deer zone, as you’ll see warning signs on the road. Should a deer cross the road, apply the brakes, but don’t swerve because you risk veering into the other lane.
It’s also that time of year when you need to be mindful of farming equipment on the roads. At nighttime be aware of high-powered lights used by combines, for example, to harvest in the dark. These can be blinding and disorienting. It’s important to obey all traffic laws, including speed limits, traffic signals, and signs when you’re faced with such vehicles.