As the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, beware of changing road conditions as the seasons change. Fall and Winter driving conditions can present their own challenges, making it important to adapt a safer driving style and take increasing preventative measures.
We’ll take you through some tips on how to transition from summer driving to fall and winter so that you can navigate the roads safely.
The fall season is often marked by falling leaves, shorter days, and an increase in of rainfall. Protect yourself, and those around you by adapting your driving to these conditions.
Prepare for Reduced Visibility
Fall weather can bring fog, rain, and shorter daylight hours, all of which can impair visibility. Keep your headlights on and increase your following distance to ensure you have ample time to react to sudden changes.
Beware of Wet, Snowy, and Icy Roads
An increase if rain leads to wet and slippery roads, and often leads to dangerous driving conditions. Mix in the increase in falling leaves, this can lead to roads that are as slippery as ice. Exercise caution and reduce your speed when driving on wet roads, especially around curves and intersections.
When the wintertime comes, ensure your car is equipped with the adequate tires for the terrain.
Adapt Your Speed
Reduce your speed and increase your following distance to accommodate slippery roads. Smooth and gradual movements are essential to maintaining control on icy surfaces.
Watch for Wildlife
Fall is a time when animals, such as deer, are more active. Be vigilant, especially during dawn and dusk, and reduce your speed in areas prone to wildlife crossings.
Use gentle, controlled braking to prevent skidding on icy or snow-covered roads. If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply constant pressure and let the system do the work.
Keep your vehicle’s windows, mirrors, and lights clean to maximize visibility. Snow and ice buildup can hinder your ability to see and be seen by other drivers.
Be vigilant around crosswalks and intersections, and always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. When visibility is reduced, make eye contact with pedestrians to ensure they see you. Conditions may make it difficult for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalks, so always drive cautiously and be prepared for unexpected movements.
Adapting your driving habits, maintaining your vehicle, and staying alert to the needs of pedestrians are all critical aspects of road safety during these challenging seasons. Remember, prioritizing safety not only reduces the risk of accidents but also helps you maintain a positive auto insurance record.
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