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The Dangers of Driving in Autumn

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Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Connecticut is one State where you can experience the beauty of the season.

While driving in the fall can be a breathtaking experience, the season also comes with changing patterns in nature that can be hazardous for drivers. These hazards could result in a serious accident if you are not careful. Be aware of the following dangerous driving conditions which can be found this time of year:

Reduced Visibility

Autumn weather can produce fog, which can significantly reduce visibility and alter our perceptions of other objects on or near the roadway.  To give yourself enough time to react when driving through fog, slow down and maintain a wide distance from the car in front of you.

Fall is also the start of shorter days and longer nights. Remember to turn on your headlights as day shifts into night to improve your visibility and your chances of being seen. Pay extra attention to pedestrians and cyclists, and give them a wider-than-usual berth whenever possible.

Sun Glare

The intense glare of the sun during sunrise and sunset can blind drivers this time of year. When driving in a direction where the sun is in your eyes, reduce your speed and increase your following distance. To help block some of the reflected light, lower the visors on your car and put on some high-quality sunglasses with polarized lenses. If possible, plan your route ahead of time to help you avoid any distractions from the sun’s glare or dwindling daylight.

Rain

A clear, sunny afternoon in the fall can quickly turn rainy and chilly. On dry pavement, the first few minutes of rain are particularly dangerous. When combined with moisture, the accumulation of oil, dust, dirt and other debris on the roadway can make them as slick as ice. Slow down and increase your following distance.

Heavy rain often produces pools of water.  Driving through such pools can compromise one’s driving control. Avoid any standing water or large puddles. 

Frost and Ice

Temperatures in the fall tend to dip towards freezing overnight, and the resulting morning frost can leave icy patches on roads, bridges and overpasses. Approach these areas cautiously and avoid using cruise control when ice is present on the road.

Leaves

Patches of fallen leaves on the road can hold a significant amount of water and make it difficult to brake, steer, and stop.  On roads with fallen leaves on them, drive slowly and steer clear of sudden turns, and avoid hard acceleration and braking. 

Although autumn features an array of lovely hues, the red and yellow of traffic signs stand out less against the same-colored leaves. To make sure your view stays sharp, always keep the inside and outside of your windshield clean.

Children love to play and hide in collected piles of leaves. If possible, always avoid driving through leaf piles especially in and around playgrounds. 

Regardless of the season, avoiding car accidents is everyone’s most important driving goal. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to the dedicated personal injury attorneys at AHC Injury Law. Call us at (203) 331-8888 or visit our website.

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