The arrival of fall brings a lot of things we enjoy. The leaves changing colors to beautiful hues of orange and yellow, the air becoming crisper, the coffee shops now offering pumpkin spice lattes. However, the changes in autumn can make driving more dangerous.
The most common driving hazards of fall include the following:
- Back-to-school traffic – Now that school is back in session, more buses and cars on the road create an increase in traffic conditions. In addition, more children will be biking or walking through the neighborhood and residential streets.
- Slippery roads from rain and wet leaves – Puddles on the road caused by autumn rain can cause the front wheels of vehicles to float—known as hydroplaning—and make steering difficult, resulting in a collision. Not only do leaves make roads slicker, but also cover traffic lines and even potholes.
- Foggy conditions – Fog can make it difficult to see in front of you and judge distances. If you live in an area surrounded by trees, hills, mountains, or water, the risk of fog increases.
- Sun glare – After sunrise and before sunset, the presence of sun glare can cause vision issues. When the sun’s rays are shining in front of you, it can be hard to see other cars and pedestrians. When the sun is behind the car, seeing traffic signals and out of your rearview mirror can be challenging.
When autumn is in full swing, be mindful of how fast you drive. Whenever any of the hazards mentioned above are present, drive a bit slower than usual. Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you during rainy and foggy conditions. Get your vehicle ready for the fall season by taking it in for maintenance and making sure the tires and windshield wipers are in exceptional shape.
Following these precautionary measures can help you avoid being involved in a car accident. But if you have been injured in a crash caused by a negligent party, request a free consultation with our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Dan Davis today.