Transitioning from beach towels and iced tea to sweatshirts and apple picking is anxiously anticipated as the season changes from summer to fall. However, no one anticipates an accident and very few remember to change their driving habits. Often thought to be the safest season to drive in, fall brings with it potential driving hazards that can wreck your day!
- Leaves – Fall foliage is one of Connecticut’s best attributes, but it can also be one of its most dangerous. Leaves hide road lines, pot holes, and other obstructions. Wet leaves can be just as slippery as sleet, snow, or ice.
- Leaf spectators – If leaves are changing color and dropping, cars are stopping! Make sure to give that car in front of you ample space when you are in scenic areas. It is not uncommon for cars to slow down and even stop, especially those with out-of-state license plates.
- Fog – Fall mornings are often much colder than humid summer mornings. The result – fog! Fog commonly appears in low areas near hills, water, and trees. If you are in fog, do not put your high beams on! Doing so will reflect the light, making it even more difficult to see.
- Frost – The drastic change in morning temperatures may often result in a visit from Jack Frost! Be cautious of icy spots most commonly found on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas.
- Different traffic patterns – As summer rolls out, so do the kids. Back-to-school traffic should be in the back of everyone’s mind for their morning and afternoon commute. Buses make routine stops, so drivers should be very focused in the morning. Also, watch out for kids walking to and from their bus stops!
- Rain – Since summer months are often dry, fall rain showers can make driving conditions dangerous. Oils and dust that have not been washed away can make the pavement very slippery, especially in the first fifteen minutes after the start of rainfall.
- Deer – Fall brings an increased risk of scurrying deer as it is mating and migrating season. Watch out for deer, especially at night, as they are capable of causing injury and a high volume of damage to your vehicle.
- Sun glare – Sun glare is another hazard of the season. Make sure you are prepared to combat this with sunglasses, a visor, or tint so that you do not find yourself blinded. Be cautious of the sun setting behind you as well. The sun can blind you by reflecting off your rear-view mirror or headlights of other cars
Knowing and preparing for these hazards is a large step in avoiding them. If you happen to be in an accident where another driver overlooks these dangers, it may be in your best interest to seek legal counsel and find out what your rights are.