Autumn is one of the prettiest times of year. The trees are changing colors creating a spectacular view. Autumn also presents a set of challenges when driving.
There are several factors that play against safe driving this time of year. We can expect wet leaves, fog, sun glare, frost and even extra deer activity. Here are a few things to consider:
- Wet leaves can be as slippery as black ice. The leaves may also cover road markings and traffic lines. Avoid parking on piles of dry leaves as your catalytic convertor and exhaust may be hot enough to start a fire.
- During this time of year the sun is rising and setting during your morning and evening commute causing extra sun glare. Pay attention to traffic patterns and don’t forget your sunglasses. This is also a great time to clean the inside of your windows and windshield. This will help reduce glare.
- The mornings are getting colder. Frost can be a concern on the roads as well as your windshields. Take a few extra minutes to clear your windshield before heading out on the road. Also watch for those bridges and overpasses; they may have ice accumulating on them already.
- Slow down when driving in foggy conditions. If the fog is severe turn on your hazards lights. Do not use high beams as they will reflect back at you making driving even more difficult. Use your low beams and/or fog lights if so equipped.
- Deer are particularly active this time of year. Almost 50% of all deer related car accidents occur during the months of October and November. Deer are most active around dawn and dusk. If you see a deer cross the roadway, slow down as deer typically travel in groups. Check out these tips from the Wisconsin DOT to avoid the “deer in the headlights”.
Following these safety tips will help you keep safe during this beautiful time of year. More information on safe driving can be found through webinars and safety talks at MEMIC.com.