Whether you are going apple picking or hiking in the woods this fall, you want to make sure you are safe getting there. That is why it is so important to be extra careful while driving this autumn. Weather and seasonal conditions can make roads a little tricky to navigate. Here are some driving tips for the fall.
Watch Out When Braking on Leaves
Wet leaves can be just as slippery as ice. Read that again. Wet leaves can be just as slippery as ice! So many accidents occur on rural back roads during the fall for this very reason. If you are approaching a patch of leaves in the road, start slowing down. Avoid hard braking directly on the leaves to reduce the likelihood skidding or sliding. Leaves can also make it harder to see lane lines, so be sure to always drive with caution on leave-covered roads.
Beware of Sun Glare
The setting or rising fall sun can be extremely blinding. Because of the autumnal equinox, the sun perfectly aligns with the east and west roadways during the 20-45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset. This means the sunlight is going to be directly in your eyes during this time. So be sure to keep a pair of sunglasses in your car.
Many areas of the country receive increased rainfall in the autumn season. Mix a lot of rain with wind and falling leaves and you can have quite a tricky driving situation. During rainstorms, your car is at risk of hydroplaning. Never speed while driving in the rain and always give yourself plenty of braking space between cars. If the rain is accompanied by misty fog, be sure to use your fog lights.
By following these tips, you can keep you and your family safe while driving to all your fun fall activities.