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Hazards of Driving in Autumn Weather

02 Nov Blog | Comments

In many parts of the country the weather will be changing. Going from summer to autumn can be both beautiful and a little dangerous. How can autumn be dangerous? Autumn by itself is not dangerous, but the weather that can come with autumn can be tricky.

For example, one of the most impressive sights during autumn is the leaves changing color. Many people travel during this time of year just to see how beautiful autumn is in certain parts of the United States. Once the leaves have completed the color cycle change they begin to fall off the trees. This is where the tricky part comes into play.

A leaf or two is not going to be much of an issue, but a large amount of leaves in a pile can be a big issue. Tires on a car work because of traction. A car driving through a pile of leaves could momentarily lose that traction. A car losing traction can trigger an accident.

Leaves can also be a visual issue. If a person drove through a pile of leaves the pile could get thrown up onto a person’s windshield, temporarily blinding them. Being momentarily blinded can cause a person to lose control of their vehicle for a moment. Losing control can cause a person’s car to swerve.

Another weather change that can wreak havoc is rain. As summer ends there is more rain. Driving in the rain is never a ton of fun, but add in the leaves that are falling off the trees and it becomes more dangerous. Wet leaves can cause hydroplaning. A car that is hydroplaning is very difficult to control.

Occasionally, the weather drops near or below freezing in the months of autumn. This can create two problems. The first is ending your season of gardening. Once the first frost hits, most people won’t get much more from their garden.

The second problem is sleet. When the weather hovers around freezing it can create sleet. Sleet is worse to drive in than rain. It is more dangerous because of the temperature some surfaces, especially bridges, can end up with patches of ice. Plus the sleet itself can cause lower visibility making it more difficult to drive.

Every season has its own challenges. The challenges that autumn brings are not always fun, but they are manageable. A person needs to be a defensive all the time, but especially during seasonal transitions.

People have to adjust every time a new season rolls around. Some people change the type of tires that are on their cars. Other people change the contents of their emergency kit. What is most important is to be aware of the types of changes your region goes through and adjust driving techniques accordingly. The best way to accomplish that is by being a good defensive driving no matter what the time of year it is.

 

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