There are plenty of dangers when it comes to fall driving that you might not think about, but it’s important to anticipate these factors and know how to handle them safely. Here are some tips on navigating the dangers of fall driving conditions and situations.
One thing you’ve probably already run into is back-to-school traffic. Staying alert, being watchful of young pedestrians, and not blocking intersections near schools are all ways to avoid collisions on congested streets. When driving behind school buses, never try to go around them, and always stop when they put their stop signs out. Leave plenty of space behind them to give children room to cross in front of you. It’s courteous and the safest way to ensure all passengers leave safely.
Falling leaves are another autumn hazard. Leaves are slick to drive on and can cover the roads, which means you often can’t see the lines or potholes. Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of extra stopping room, and follow the curb when you can to avoid going over the lines and into the next lane.
Rain, fog, and frost all cause driving problems in fall. With fog, it’s best to drive slow, keep your low-beam headlights on so others can see you, and pull over when visibility is very low. Heavy fog is usually temporary, so you probably won’t have too long to wait.
With rain, give yourself plenty of extra stopping room and be aware that the road may be slick because of sitting dust and oil. If you drive early in the morning before the weather heats up above freezing, you may come across frosted roads, especially on overpasses—be on the lookout for patches of ice and drive slowly over them.
Drive safe, and check out this guide for more fall driving hazards and tips!