Top Driving Tips For Fall 2018
With summer on its way out and autumn on its way back, it’s a great time to start thinking about prepping your car for the incoming season. Fall should be when you start gearing up for some colder weather. Slick mornings, fallen leaves, and shorter days all affect driving. Use these tips to help prepare you, and your vehicle, for driving in the colder weather.
Watch out for Children
Fall is when students head back to school. Keep an eye out for children walking to and from bus stops. Be mindful of school buses as they pick up students and be sure to keep a safe distance from buses while driving. You should also watch out for young drivers and student drivers.
Maintain Your Tires
As the weather cools down, tires have a tendency to deflate. Now is a good time to check your tire pressure to make sure that it is where it should be. You should also think about changing to winter or all-weather tires. These tires are designed to perform in wet weather conditions to make driving in the fall and winter safer.
Keep an Eye Out For Animals
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers are 3.5 times more likely to hit a deer in December than any other month. Watch out for deer, turkey, and other animals in the fall. They can wander onto the road and become a driving hazard. Be wary at night when nocturnal animals come out since they are more difficult to see.
Darkness is A Danger
Driving in the dark is far more dangerous than driving in light conditions. As the days continue to get shorter, be evermore careful when driving. It’s harder to see signs, sharp turns, and hazards in the road. Reduce your speed and pay attention. If you have a teen driver, consider implementing a driving curfew to prevent dangerous driving conditions.
Be Wary of Leaves
The color changing leaves of fall are beautiful, but they are also dangerous. They can cover up potholes, make slippery driving conditions, and get stuck in your windshield wipers. If you are driving over a particularly leafy area, go slowly. They are slick and may be hiding bumps in the road. Before getting into your car, clear your windshield wipers. And if you see piles of leaves on the side of the road, err on the side of caution. There could be children playing in the leaves.
Here are some quick tips in addition to the ones above:
- Carry an emergency kit in your car – you can’t predict what will happen on the road.
- Keep your headlights clear.
- Don’t rubberneck – keep your eyes on the road, even if the changing leaves are pretty.
- On Daylight Savings, go to bed early and leave some extra time to get to your destination. You, and other drivers, may be suffering from a lack of sleep due to the time change.
This fall, enjoy the weather and all that comes with it. But, be sure to practice safe driving habits. Talk to your insurance agent to make sure that your car has the right coverage to keep you, your family, and others safe this season. You can also ask them any questions you might have about auto insurance – they’re there to help!