Autumn is here, and just around the corner are the cold days of winter. As the seasons change, it’s time to start looking at ways that you can be a better driver and at ways of preventing auto collisions.
As a driver in New York, you know that leaves will fall and that the roads will become slick. It’s not as likely that you’ll be able to get to your destination as easily or safely as in the spring and summer. So, what can you do? How can you handle these fall and winter driving hazards?
Here are three driving tips to help you as the temperatures cool and seasons change.
- Give yourself more time to get to your destination
The first thing to do to help yourself during the fall is to give yourself more time to get to your destination. The roads may be slick, so you need to travel a bit slower than when it’s summer and the roads are dry. You may also have to contend with more traffic since school is back in session. To avoid road rage and feeling rushed, leave earlier and slow down on your drive.
- Prepare for black ice
The nights are getting colder, so even if it’s above freezing temperatures in the morning, there could be black ice on the roads. Watch for ice and black ice on bridges and roads, especially when the conditions are wetter than usual with rain or fog.
- Watch out for piles of leaves
Falling leaves look beautiful, but the reality is that they are dangerous. Leaves reduce the friction of the road’s surface and may create slick patches. If you see leaves on the road, slow down. That way, you can drive over them safely and have more time to stop if your wheels slide due to slick road surfaces.
These are three tips to help you drive more safely during autumn. Remember to go slower, look for slick patches and give yourself more time to get to your destination. Keep an eye on your surroundings, too, so you can take steps to avoid crashes.