By: Advocate Brokerage
Back to School
Scarves & Sweaters
Autumn has arrived. The arrival of fall means many great things but it can also add hazards that you might want to give some extra attention.
We’ve highlighted a few below:
Back to school means additional cars and buses on the road. Along with the added traffic, drivers should also pay attention to increased pedestrian traffic as kids walk to and from schools and bus stops.
Watch Out for the Kids tips:
Who doesn’t love to look at the beauty of fall leaves? But as they begin to fall, they litter the roads. Fallen leaves cause a number of potential road hazards. They cover traffic lines and markings, obscure potholes and make otherwise safe roads an instant hazard for drivers who may be unfamiliar with the area. Add rain to the mix, and you get wet leaves that make the road as slippery as ice.
In addition to the hazards of the leaves themselves, you have out-of-state drivers flooding the area to catch a glance of the beautiful foliage. This can lead to erratic driving including:
“Oh look!” – Swerving
“How Beautiful!” – Sudden Stopping
“Where am I?” – Lost Drivers
Watch Out for the Leaves tips:
Sun glare is always a problem but during the fall when sunrise and sunset coincides with morning and evening rush hour, it can be very problematic. Sunlight on the horizon, bouncing off your rearview mirror or even the shine from the hood of your car can blind you for a few seconds making it hard to see the car in front of you, traffic lights or pedestrians.
Prepare for the Glare:
Fall is migrating and mating season for deer. During this time of year, they become bolder and pay less attention to the world around them as they search for a mate. For those of you who live in an area where deer tend to roam, extra caution should be taken, especially when driving at night.
Beware of Deer tips:
Fall mornings bring cooler weather which often leads to fog. Fog can greatly limit visibility as well as depth perception. Fog activity tends to be greater in low places or areas surrounded by hills, water, mountains and trees.
Driving in Fog tips:
During the fall, temperatures tend to drop dramatically over night, which leads to morning frost on your vehicle and icy spots on the road. This is especially common on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas of the roadway where icy spots can form on the pavement.
Frost Safety tips:
From all of us here at Advocate Brokerage, enjoy this beautiful time of year and stay safe!