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How to stay safe while driving during the fall

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Fall in New Jersey means crisper air and beautiful colors as the leaves turn. Seasonal changes can also lead to more car accidents.

Falling leaves

Falling leaves are a regular fixture during the fall. When they fall into the road, they can make it slippery. If your vehicle cannot maintain traction over the slick leaves, you can get into a car accident. You should avoid parking your car near a pile of leaves and be aware that leaves can gather and conceal road hazards like potholes.

Glare from the sun

During the fall, the sun sets earlier, so there’s a good chance you’ll have to deal with it while driving. By the time work lets out for many people, the sun hangs lower and can hit your windshield or even your eyes, which can be blinding. This all makes it easier to get into a collision. Sunglasses can help with this problem. If you wear glasses, lenses that darken in the sun are helpful.

Frost

The fall is when the first frost occurs. Temperatures dip at nighttime, which means the roads might be icy the next morning. Driving can be challenging in such situations. You can stay safer by slowing your speeds and staying farther behind the vehicle directly ahead of you.

Fog

Fog is more likely in the fall, which means decreased visibility. Be especially careful while driving. Use your low beams, slow your speed and be extra cautious at all times.

Tire pressure

As the temperatures grow cooler in the fall, you should check your tire pressure more. The changing temperature means that your tires can lose inflation more quickly. If your pressure is low, get to your nearest service station to refill your tires.

Be aware of these hazards during the fall. Awareness can help you drive more safely and avoid accidents.