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Fall Driving Safety

Enjoying the changing foliage while driving is one of the joys of autumn. However, fall weather can present several road hazards, even for experienced drivers.

Avoid parking near leaves since a spark could cause a fire. Also, don’t drive through piles of leaves or brake while driving on wet ones, which can be as slippery as ice.

Always use your low-beam headlights (high-beams will reflect), allow extra space from the car ahead of you, stay in the right lane to allow you to drive at a reduced speed if needed, and pull over if conditions warrant it.

Shorter days:
The days get shorter leading up to the end of Daylight Savings Time in early November. Sun glare is most likely to occur during dusk and dawn. Also, it can be harder to see pedestrian traffic as nightfall occurs earlier.

Dusk and dawn are also peak times for deer crossings. Be aware of heavily wooded areas along the road. If you see one deer, there are likely others nearby. Look for posted deer crossing signs and adjust your speed accordingly.

Temperature change:
Lower overnight temperatures can cause a thin coating of ice. Tap lightly on the brakes to check traction when you get started if the road appears to have a frosty haze, especially in the early morning or late evening.

Be alert at crosswalks near schools and playgrounds, students riding bikes, and parents dropping off children. Always stop for school bus flashing red lights indicating onboarding or departing students, and never pass a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian.

Following these tips can help ensure that you stay safe on the road. In addition, fall is a good time to check your battery. Remember to check your vehicle’s tire pressure and windshield wipers regularly.

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Our Safety Center pages are filled with tips related to the safety and maintenance of your home and autos. The information contained in these articles should not be construed as professional advice, and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.