It's officially sweater weather, and before you know it, you'll be bringing out your heavy coat. While fall is a season full of adventure and comfort, it can also bring seasonal driving hazards such as slippery roads and wildlife encounters. Here are some of the threats you may face driving in the fall and how to handle them with grace!
The fallen autumn leaves can make the roads more slippery, especially when it rains. They can also hide things on the road like traffic lanes, potholes, or bumps. If you see a blanket of leaves covering the road, make sure you proceed with caution and lower your speed if needed.
Fall is the peak season for animal-vehicle collisions, especially during sunset and sunrise. Be sure to drive slowly in areas with deer crossing signs. If you spot a deer, elk, or fox ahead on the road, flash your high beams to try to get them out of the way.
With the days growing shorter, most motorists will have to drive home from work in the dark. You will need to rely on a bright set of headlights to see the road correctly.
Cold fall mornings can be foggy, so you need to employ your vehicle's low beams. You may also need to lower your speed in hazy conditions.
Change in Tire Pressure
You must measure your tire pressure often this time of the year, as the fluctuating temperatures will cause your pressure to change. The cold can make the pressure in your tires contract, causing underinflated tires. Too little air pressure can cause steering and handling troubles, requiring you to top off your tires to the recommended psi.
Preparation for Winter
It's the perfect time to start prepping your ride for the winter months. You can do this by swapping out your regular tires for winter tires, replacing wiper blades, topping off your fluids, and adding items to your vehicle's emergency kit.
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