Fall might be your favorite time of year to take a quick cruise around town, gazing at the colorful foliage and wondering why all seasons can’t be this beautiful. But, fall comes with its own fair share of road hazards that make those leaf-peeping tours through the woods just a little more complicated. Here’s our quick-pick of fall driving dangers to watch out for this season:
Let’s start with the most obvious one: the leaves. Everyone loves them. Everyone thinks they’re stunning. But when they fall, they make the roads extra slick, especially after rain. Even when they’re still on the trees, leaves can cause issues: people stare at the pretty picture all around them and not at the road, which can cause accidents.
In the fall, the sun sits lower in the sky, approximately directly in front of your windshield all day long. Maybe not all day long, but more than likely right as you’re commuting to and from work. Don’t take to the road without sun protection, no matter how cloudy and grey it looks at the start of the day.
Rain, Fog, & Frost
Fall is an erratic time of year in terms of weather. Hurricanes off the Atlantic cause atmospheric issues across the US. Fog is common, especially in the morning (don’t use your high beams; it will only reflect off the fog and make things worse). Frost can creep in and surprise you the morning after a balmy, 65-degree day. The weather of autumn is one fall driving danger you do not want to test. Make sure you change your wiper blades and keep an eye on your tire pressure for the safest ride possible.