Posted on August, 29th 2016
While some parts of the United States are in the midst of a late summer heat wave, other areas are beginning to experience the start of autumn weather changes. As daylight begins to shorten, we have to remember to be cognizant of the driving challenges fall brings with its abundance of colorful leaves and crisp air.
The South Dakota Safety Council recently published a list of fall driving tips that point out some of the considerations drivers should take into account when heading out onto the road. Piles of wet leaves that have fallen or drifted into the roadway surface can be particularly slick…exercise caution when going over them and recognize that they can be as slippery as a patch of ice. Speaking of ice- with fall will come the first frosts and they will put frozen spots on bridges and overpasses that you may not expect since there may be nothing frozen on roadways.
Besides the slippery stuff, daylight on the decrease poses a couple of visibility issues that you may encounter during your commute. While summer gives us long lasting light, fall means sun glare will occur at different times and twilight will come earlier. Make sure you adjust your habits to drive in these changing conditions. Have sunglasses and use your visor when the sun glare affects visibility. Be certain your headlights (and all of your lights and signals) are in good working condition and use them when it is not completely light out. Make sure you are visible to other road users and that you have optimized your ability to see clearly.
Be prepared- pay attention to the changing seasons and stay safe.
For more fall driving tips, please see the South Dakota Safety Council’s fact sheet.