With the change of seasons comes a new set of challenges for Indiana drivers. Even experienced drivers can run into issues with the change of season.
What are some new challenges that fall brings for drivers?
Everyone knows and thinks of winter as the dangerous driving season. But fall brings its own challenges that drivers have to adjust to year after year.
One of the biggest changes is back-to-school traffic patterns. School being in session means that there might be more kids around the roads during busy traffic times. In addition, school zones are in full effect by mid-September.
Fall also means the end of daylight savings time, meaning that it gets dark earlier. Reduced visibility for busy commutes home means that the likelihood of getting into an accident increases, as does the risk of hitting deer or other animals.
What are some other challenges?
Other challenges that drivers might face include an increase in leaves and sticks on the ground that might make driving and parking difficult. Wet leaves reduce traction on the road and can make it hard to see lines on the road when you’re driving.
Fall usually means an increase in cold rain. Rain during cooler temperatures doesn’t dry up as fast, which can make it hard for your tires to get proper traction on wet and slippery roads.
What can I do to avoid getting into an accident this fall?
No one wants to get into a motor vehicle accident. There are a few things that you can do to reduce the chances of getting into an accident as we get further into the fall season:
– Give yourself plenty of time to adjust to driving at dusk or in the dark
– Give yourself plenty of space between the car in front of you just in case you need to break at any point
– Keep a sharp eye out for deers and other animals
– Know how to defrost your windshield and windows if the temperature drops
– Get your tires and car checked before you have to drive
Common sense and a bit of caution can go a long way toward protecting you, your family and your vehicle against accidents.