Autumn is an enjoyable season for many people. However, fall also brings many driving dangers. Fortunately, you can prepare for some fall driving dangers ahead of time. Below is a list of autumn driving hazards, as well as some strategies to prevent car accidents.
As fall arrives, the days gradually get shorter. The sun goes down earlier, and drivers who are used to returning home at the end of their workday in daylight may not get to their destination until after dark.
If you are on the road when the sun is setting, you must remember to switch on your headlights as daylight fades. Using your headlights allows you to see the road in front of you, but it also makes it easier for other drivers to see you coming.
Driving safety can be affected by visibility issues in autumn, like darkness, rain, fog, and ice. Headlights are vital for visibility, but they can actually work against you in foggy conditions. While high beams are useful on dark roads, they are detrimental when driving through fog.
When fog is present, you should use your low beams so that the light shines onto the surface of the road. When it is foggy, you should always proceed with caution, as it can be difficult to see.
Autumn is known for colorful foliage, cool temperatures, and increased rainfall, all of which can affect the traction between the road and your tires. A road surface covered with fallen wet leaves, morning frost, or accumulated rain water can cause an accident if the slippery surface causes you to lose control of your vehicle.
Another big change that comes every autumn is the shift back to school. Preoccupied students and their busy parents take to the roads. Pedestrian traffic picks up as well as motor vehicle traffic. Street corners become congregation sites for clusters of students who are waiting for school buses, while crossing guards direct both walkers and motorists.
School zones are a bustle of activity during drop-off and pick-up times. Drivers must remain aware of the dangers that come with the increased activity in school zones as well as in residential neighborhoods.
Autumn is a beautiful season, but it also brings many hazardous road conditions. If you were injured in an autumn-related collision, speak with our car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. today. We can help you identify the liable party so you can focus on recovery. Contact us online or call us at 302-656-5445 to set up a free consultation. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.