Now that your car is all ready for fall weather, it is time you know what to expect. Just as you need to adjust your car, you also should change your driving style. Autumn comes with its own set of driving challenges. Here is how you can prepare.
Watch Out For Kids
Maybe you are used to driving in back-to-school traffic but be aware that little kids aren’t. Stay alert in school zones where kids may not be watching as they walk. Remember that most states require you to stop behind school buses with their flashers on. Also, be cognizant of new drivers who are inexperienced on the road.
Account For the Dark
With Daylight Savings Time, the days are shorter, and the darkness lasts longer. As a result, many people will find themselves driving in the dark longer during this month. Turn off your bright high beams when traffic is driving opposite you. Keep your following distance high and slow down for any hazards.
Look for Crossing Critters
Have you ever noticed that you see more deer in the fall than any other season? The fall season is when deer are out to find a mate. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that you are 3.5 times as likely to hit an animal in November, especially deer. The best way to avoid hitting animals is to drive slow, stay alert, and use your peripheral vision to sense any moving animals heading your way.
Beware of the Inexperienced Drivers
Depending on where you learned to drive or how long you have been driving in an area, you may be ready for these Fall hazards. But what about others that aren’t prepared? If you are driving next to someone who’s moved from a different area and is not used to watching for animals, for example, they may not know how to react if a hazard presents itself. If you see someone on the road, who is not driving safely, increase your following distance. Give yourself plenty of time to react and go slowly.
What do you do if an accident does happen? Be kind to yourself. Accidents happen. After assessing the damages, you may need to fix any damages from your collision. Performance Collision Centers has gold-class certified technicians that will walk you through each step of the process. Even if it is a minor fender bender, we can handle it. No problem too small! Try our convenient FREE estimate tool to get yourself back on the road safely and quickly.