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Stay safe on the road in autumn

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2018 | Car Accidents |

When Georgia residents hit the road in the autumn, they may not consider the fact that there are new hazards they need to be aware of. There are a few hazards specific to this season and it is good for people to be aware of them before they start driving.

Some people may think they only need to worry about sun glare in the summer. The American Association of Retired Persons says that people usually still need to think about glare once autumn hits. This is because the sun gets nearer to the horizon during this season. People tend to experience more glare because the changed angle means the sun can reflect off more buildings and cars. Because of this, it is important for people to make sure they have good visibility and keep their sunglasses within reach. Additionally, the road may sometimes be more slippery because of the falling leaves. It is a good idea for people to slow down when they drive down roads covered with leaves, especially if the road is also damp.

People also need to keep their eyes open for animals as they drive. According to Esurance, people are more likely to encounter animals, especially deer, on the road as autumn settles in. It is a good idea for people to be particularly careful when they drive at night. Additionally, autumn usually presents new weather hazards. Drivers may sometimes encounter frost on overpasses or bridges when they hit the road first thing in the morning. People may also see more fog as they drive to work.

Because autumn weather can change quickly, it is important for people to pay attention to their tire pressure. Sometimes the changing temperatures can make tires contract and expand and this usually affects the tire pressure. Additionally, it is a good idea for people to make sure they have enough stopping distance as they drive. Hazards such as wet leaves and fog may sometimes cause drivers to hit their brakes more often and it is a good idea for people to make sure they will have time to stop.

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