the dangers of fall driving

Fall Driving Tips in Wisconsin

7 Fall Driving Safety Tips

Fall is certainly one of the most beautiful times in Wisconsin but with the fall weather comes some additional road dangers and hazards. As we transition out of summer weather into fall weather, here are 7 fall driving safety tips. There are many new dangers that come out during the fall, including deer, school traffic, rain, leaves and much more. Be cautious and read these 7 fall driving safety tips to ensure that you and others on the road stay safe this fall season.  Be sure to check out our blog for other helpful tips & tricks

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Don’t brake on leaves: wet leaves can be as slippery as ice so drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking. Leaves may also obscure lane lines and other road markers so pay

attention to the edge of the road and the center line.

Avoid sun glare: on and near the autumnal equinox, the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset can make for difficult driving due to sun glare. Make sure to have a good pair of
sunglasses and keep your windshield clean.

Use caution during rain: fall can bring rain so be sure to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, as the wet roads may be more slippery than usual. Use your low beams or fog lights in fog conditions.

Be careful on bridges: as the temperature drops, morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down and use caution.

Adjust your eyes: in fall mornings and evenings become darker quicker, so when leaving home in the morning or leaving the office at night give your eyes time to adjust to the dark.

Watch out for deer: fall marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active in the area. Deer are also most active during sunset and sunrise so be extra cautious during those times.

Prepare your vehicle for the changing weather: check your tire pressure as tires lose 1 to 2 pounds of pressure for every 10 degree temperature drop. Also replace your windshield wipers for ultimate cleaning and to help reduce glare. Lastly adjust your headlights and make sure they are clean as clean headlights make for better visibility.

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Each season has its own set of dangers and hazards while driving. Be sure to understand the dangers of the fall season and the dangers that arise once the weather becomes cooler.