With the increase of people moving back into the city, roadways are becoming busier. Autumn brings many beautiful changes to our scenery: leaves change colors, the temperatures get cooler and the smell of bonfire seems to always be in the air. Autumn also brings about different driving conditions as well. We want to give you some tips to stay safe out there on the roads this Fall:
- Go the speed limit: It’s always nice to not feel in a hurry. By avoiding distractions and obeying the laws of the road, you will allow yourself to stay as safe as you can. Rainy conditions this Fall can decrease visibility as well. Make sure your windshield wipers are functioning correctly and that you slow down during these rainy weather conditions. Leave extra space between you and the cars in front of you and use your low beams or fog lights (never high beams) in fog conditions
- Practice Practice Practice! Get practice driving in light and dark conditions too. The more opportunities you have to drive in different weather conditions, you will feel more and more comfortable behind the wheel.
- Be open-minded: Getting tips and pointers from experienced drivers can always help as well. Absorb any information you can from them and never be afraid to ask for help or clarification.
- Beware of Frost: Morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down. Approach these conditions with caution.
- Lastly, watch out for deer. The chances of seeing one are increased now that it’s Fall. During dusk and dawn are the most popular times frames that these animals will be out and about. Prepare to slow down.
Each of these guidelines you can help you and others stay alert on the roads. By practicing defensive driving, you can keep you and other driver’s safe.