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Fall driving dangers

Car accidents occur all the time, but as fall is ramping up, there are some dangers that you may have forgotten to watch out for. This post will look at different factors that lead to more accidents in the autumn season.

 

Environmental factors

  • Rain: Rain can pose a significant hazard to drivers in the fall. Hydroplaning, sliding of tires due to a wet surface, can make drivers lose control easily. When it is raining, making sure to slow down and avoid standing water can help you avoid an accident.
  • Frost: Because it is getting cooler, it may not surprise you to see frost on your windshield in the morning. The frost may not only be on your car, but also on the road. Slick road conditions can increase the possibility of crashes, so remember to take it slow.
  • Wind: High winds can be dangerous for drivers, especially if they are unexpected. Large gusts can blow smaller cars around the road, making them vulnerable to drive off the road or into another car.
  • Darkness: As fall progresses, it gets dark earlier. Many accidents occur during dark hours due to lack of visibility. The possibility of hitting a pedestrian also increases with darker conditions.

Leaves in the road

Many people love fall because the leaves change color and cover the ground. However, this can be troublesome for drivers, especially if the leaves are wet. Driving over wet leaves can make a car’s tires lose traction, effectively making the driver lose control of the vehicle. It can be dangerous, especially if you are not expecting it.

Animals

It is official deer season, which means that the possibility of a deer running out in front of your speeding car increases exponentially. According to the Insurance Information Institute, one out of 167 drivers will hit a deer in 2018.

Driving in autumn can be a beautiful experience. The leaves are in full bloom and the air is crisp. However, it is important to remember that there are hazardous conditions that can lead to a deadly crash.

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