The air has become cool and crisp, and it is a great time to enjoy seasonal activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides, and football games. However, the change in season also brings unique hazards that all drivers should be aware of before they hit the road. Understanding these hazards, and the steps motorists can take to avoid them can help keep all motorists safe on the road during the fall season.
Top Fall-Related Driving Hazards
- Inclement weather: Rain can cause roadways to become slippery, particularly if it has not rained in a while. The rain water can mix with oil on the road, causing slick puddles that can be hazardous to motorists. Hydroplaning can also occur if a vehicle hits a large pothole that is full of water.
- Wet leaves: In addition to being slippery, wet leaves can hide traffic lines and other pavement markings. They can also hide potholes, which can cause flat tires and related accidents if a car hits a large pothole.
- Sun glare: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that sun glare can cause motorists to be blinded after exposure. This can make it difficult for them to see other drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians.
- Shorter days: According to the National Safety Council, even though only 25 percent of our driving takes place at night, approximately half of all traffic fatalities occur at night. In addition, drivers’ eyesight tends to decline with age, making it more difficult to see at night.
- Watch for deer. There is an increase in deer activity in the fall, since it is the time of year when they mate and migrate. In rural areas, or locations where there is a high deer population, watch out for deer crossing the road, particularly at night.
Tips to Avoid Potential Hazards
The following tips can help avoid some of the hazards associated with fall driving:
- Drive within the speed limit, especially when near a school, or if you are following a school bus.
- Do not tailgate. Leave extra following distance during inclement weather, dawn and dusk, and in areas where there are wet leaves on the road.
- Avoid using your high beams when driving in fog or rain.
- Keep your windshield clean. Streaks or dust particles can make it difficult to see.
- Maintain the correct tire pressure.
- If there is frost on the windshield, be sure to clear it away as it can reduce your visibility when driving.
- Be careful when approaching traffic lights as sun glare can make it difficult to see the lights change.
- Watch out for deer and other wildlife crossing the street.
Edwardsville Car Accident Lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC Represent Victims of Fall Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident during the fall season, the Edwardsville car accident lawyers at The Cates Law Firm, LLC are on your side. We will investigate the details of your accident and determine who is responsible for your injuries. Our dedicated team will protect your rights and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, do not hesitate to call us at 618-277-3644 or contact us online. Located in Swansea, Illinois, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Belleville, Edwardsville, and St. Clair County.