Thursday’s Thoughts: Tips for Fall Driving

thursdayFall is almost officially upon us, and that means a lot of things: cooler weather, shorter days and another change for Mother Nature. While our Buckeye Honda and Toyota dealership looks forward to all that fall has to bring, there are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe on the road.

Avoid wet leaves. One staple of the fall season is the abundance of leaves on the ground and the road. Avoid driving over wet leaves on the roadway as they can be slippery and your vehicle can lose traction. Use additional caution when leaf piles obstruct the roadways and markings on the road.

Back-to-school traffic. Fall means back to school for kids, which means more cars and buses on the roads. Drivers also need to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic in the morning and afternoon as children walk to and from school and their neighborhood bus stops.falldriving3

Be alert when the sun goes down. Each day, we lose more and more daylight. You might be used to the sun going down after 8 p.m. during the summer, but now it’s important to remember when it actually becomes dark. Be extra vigilant in looking out for pedestrians, cyclists and others on the road as you adjust to the time changes.

Fog. Cold fall mornings often lead to fog, which can greatly limit your driving visibility and perception of distance. Fog tends to occur in low places or areas surrounded by hills, water, mountains, and trees. One common mistake drivers make during foggy conditions is putting on their high beams instead of staying with their low beams. This only makes visibility worse because your high beams will bounce off the fog and create glare.

When driving through fog, slow down and stay well behind the car in front of you so you’ll have adequate time to stop if you need to.

falldrivingDeer.  The fall season brings an increase in deer activity because it’s their time for mating and migrating. If you live in a deer-heavy area, watch for darting deer, especially when driving at night.

Prepare for winter. It’s never too soon to prepare for inclement weather. You never know how early snow could visit! Have salt or traction sand on hand for the driveway and consider investing in snow tires in the near future.

Fall brings a lot of our favorite things — changing leaves, football season and pumpkin-flavored treats! But it can also bring with it a new set of driving challenges. Be sure to pay extra attention on the road this season. Looking for a new vehicle this fall?


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