For many people, Fall is the best season of the year – hayrides, beautiful fall foliage, and all things pumpkin. But for drivers, the fall season is anything but ideal. Colder temperatures and traffic hazards make for dangerous road conditions. Follow these fall safety tips to stay safe on the road this season.
Avoid Sun Glare
When the sun is low on the horizon, the sunlight can create a distracting and dangerous sun glare across the windshield. To make matters worse, sun glares primarily occur directly after sunrise and before sunset, which aligns perfectly with rush hour traffic.
The key to avoiding sun glare is to maintain a clean windshield. This is why it is important to participate in routine car washes to remove fallen tree sap, dirt, and other grime. A dirty windshield has been shown to scatter the light, which makes it even more difficult to see clearly while driving.
Prepare for Bad Weather
The fall season is categorically known for hazardous driving conditions such as fog, wet leaves, and slippery roads. To properly prepare for these seasonal conditions, drivers should have their vehicle inspected by a professional.
Driving in foggy conditions can be extremely dangerous – always use your low-beams or fog lights. If not, your vehicle may be left vulnerable and invisible to other drivers on the road. Before the fog season rolls in, have your headlights checked and aligned.
The cold weather and fog also cause the roads to be slippery. To avoid accidents or injury, ask your mechanic to test your vehicle’s braking system.
Check Your Tires
Did you know that tires can lose up to two pounds of pressure for every 10 degrees drop in temperature? That’s right, the cold weather will deflate your tires. To combat this problem, drivers should check their tire pressure every couple of weeks.
Additionally, tire tread is another facet that should be routinely checked. Tires with better tread are better suited to perform in poor weather conditions, brake faster, and steer better.
Replace Brake Pads
As the fall season begins, you may have noticed an increase in wildlife activity. For many species, September marks the start of mating season, which means drivers will have to remain extra cautious of critters on the road.
If you do happen to come across an animal in your path, you are going to want to have high quality and powerful brakes to avoid any unwanted collisions.
Trick Trucks Has the Answers to All Your Fall Season Vehicle Care Questions
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