When fall arrives in Ontario the new season brings many different factors that drivers need to be aware of because as autumn moves into winter, we have less daylight hours. In the later afternoon, pedestrians, cyclists and children playing on streets will also be more difficult to see. With the wetter conditions, fallen leaves and fewer hours of daylight, it’s a good idea to be prepared for the roads ahead.
We are pleased to provide you with some driving tips to keep in mind this fall season.
- Fallen leaves are not just a problem on your lawn. Hitting a patch of wet leaves on the road can be almost as bad as hitting black ice so you need to pay attention to the road and keep your speed down.
- Rainfall increases during the autumn season. When it is raining, you need to maintain a safe following distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. This can make the difference of having ample time to avoid a car accident.
- Temperatures during the fall tend to decrease drastically in the evening, which can create frost on the windshield of your vehicle. Clear your windows completely of frost before driving as it can be hard to see the road. Colder temperatures can also mean icy patches on our roadways so you must remain alert.
- Fallen foliage can present a wide array of road hazards. When it rains, wet leaves can create slippery road conditions and cause your vehicle to lose traction. Leaves may also cover road lines, potholes and other dangers on the road. Be sure to reduce your speed when approaching areas covered with foliage.
- Autumn is also a back to school time for children. This will mean more pedestrians, school buses and vehicles on the road. Motorists should be wary of pedestrians in the morning and late afternoon.
- Be on the lookout for animals such as deer when driving in rural areas. Fall is considered the peak season for deer and the best defense to avoid striking an animal is to reduce your speed and to keep your eyes on the road. Slow down where there are deer crossing signs and pay attention to the shoulders and sides of the roads.
- Check weather conditions before you drive. Be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions that could lead to challenging driving conditions. Slippery black ice is common in the fall. Pay extra attention on wet and damp days when temperatures are around the freezing point.
- Changing fall weather conditions mean its time to make sure your car is ready for colder weather. Simple things like checking your washer fluid, lights and wiper blades can go a long way in keeping you safe.
Driving for pleasure in the fall can be vibrant with color but you will also need to be prepared for the changing light conditions, fog and reduced visibility. Our Team at Iacobelli Law Firm wants you to enjoy your fall driving and to remain safe.
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