Just like the summertime, many believe that the fall isn’t exactly a hazardous season when it comes to driving. This idea could not be further from the truth since there are still quite a few things to consider as the weather becomes cooler, the leaves change colour and days become shorter. Check out our 5 tips to help you stay safe this season:
- Beware of the Glare!
As the season transitions from summer to fall, the sun changes its position causing it to produce glare. Glare can be very dangerous while you are driving as it can decrease your visibility on the road. A good pair of sunglasses will cut through the glare, helping you maintain a clearer view of the road.
- Check your Tires
It’s important to check your tires at the beginning of each new season. Temperature changes cause tires to contract and expand, which reduces tire pressure. Ensuring your tires are well maintained is key to driving safely in the fall.
We all love the pretty colours and falling leaves that come with the season; however, leaves can be dangerous for drivers. Leaves become quite slippery when wet, causing dangerous driving conditions. Dry leaves can also be a problem. It is important to refrain from parking close to a pile of dry leaves as a hot vehicle can set them on fire very quickly.
- Stay Alert
With fall comes shorter days, which means that your evening commute will just keep getting darker as the season progresses. As the longer days become shorter, visibility on the road begins to decrease, which makes for unfamiliar driving conditions. Be sure to exercise caution and adjust your driving habits accordingly so that you are aware of pedestrians, cyclists and everyone else out on the road.
- Check the weather
Fall weather is very unpredictable. One day can be sunny and delightful and the next can bring a torrential downpour. Torrential rain can result in flooding, which can cause you to hydroplane while driving. Make sure to monitor your speed and slow down during such weather as high speeds can result in a loss of traction. In the event of heavy rain, pull over to the side of the road and wait for it to subside. Early morning dew can also cause slick road conditions, so it is best to pay attention to the changing weather during the season’s transition.
So, there you have it! If you didn’t think you had anything to worry about on the road during the fall season, now you know! But then again, you already did if you are a Young Drivers of Canada graduate!