The fall is a beautiful time in New England – so much that it is many people’s favorite season. The leaves are changing into spectacular arrays of colors, the weather is starting to cool down and it’s time to break out your favorite sweaters. While fall can be a magical time of year, it comes with some potential hazards on the roadways.
Seeing is believing
One of the more tangible changes in the shift from summer to fall is, of course, the temperature. It can come quickly, or, as is the case this year, slowly. In any case, it’s important to be ready for the change in seasons. This means you’ll want to make sure you can see through your windshield before hitting the road.
Turn your car on and let it heat up for a few minutes before you take off to melt any built-up frost. Use a scraper if you’re short on time. Frost build-up can seriously impede your vision, making it a dangerous situation for yourself and others. Another danger that comes with the change in weather is actual precipitation. Rain, snow, sleet, and more are all possible during the fall months. Be prepared by making sure you have the necessary equipment in your car or truck should you get stuck. Make sure your tires have air in them and aren’t stripped of their tread. Double-check that your wipers are working properly and that you have enough wiper fluid. Take care of your vehicle and your vehicle will take care of you.
Look out for leaves
Another hazard that fall can bring is its more visible change: leaves. As the leaves change and fall to the ground, many of them can collect on the roadways. As traffic comes and goes, most of the leaves are pushed away. But if you ever find yourself on a road less traveled, or are simply straying out of the lines on a main road, wet leaves can find their way under your tires and disrupt traction, which can cause all sorts of danger.
Steer clear of deer
One fall hazard that many do not realize is the risk of hitting deer. True, deer are present year-round, but fall marks the start of their mating season – when the deer are more active. On top of the heightened activity, deer are crepuscular, meaning they are more active during dusk and dawn hours.
To make matters worse, the days have much less daylight in the fall, it gets darker earlier, and lighter later, which poses a problem. Take such into consideration while on the road since it is often overlooked.
In sum, be aware of your surroundings and prepare yourself and your vehicle. Be aware of that stray patch of leaves and deer. Be prepared for the worst by storing useful items in your vehicle. Pay attention to these hazards, but also enjoy the beauty of fall! Go pumpkin picking, watch football, and drive safely!