Safe fall driving tips don’t take a lot of effort
3 Tips for Fall Driving Safety
We are in the midst of a very interesting fall season. Certainly, autumn in California means keeping an eye out for some very perilous conditions, there are some things about being on the road during the season that will be broadly applicable just about everywhere. A few of our Acura of Modesto got together to find the best three tips for fall driving safety that you can use today. While autumn is beautiful, leaves and rain on the roads that are combined with annual changes in weather patterns can make for some possibly hazardous road conditions. If you’re short on time and you’re looking for a quick summary, safe driving in fall conditions requires a properly maintained vehicle and extra care needs to be taken. It’s really that simple. However, let’s get into a few details.
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Beware of Children
Fall means that schools are in session. It is very important for drivers to be extra careful in the morning and afternoons because that is when kids are getting on and off the bus. Children are known to be unpredictable and are prone to dart mindlessly into the road. Be on the lookout for school buses and be sure to give them plenty of space when the red lights are flashing. Remember, that most states will impose major fines if a driver disregards the flashing red lights on a school bus.
Fight the Darkness
Say what you will about the modern merits of daylight savings time, but driving during the fall, especially the later parts, means more driving in the dark. A lot of new cars, trucks and SUVs are equipped with daytime running lights, so other drivers can see the vehicle. Dawn and dusk are two of the more perilous times of the day to be on the road during the fall. Not only can the light conditions be challenging, but these are also the times of the day when animals are active and are prone to be crossing the road.
‘Leaf’ it out there
After bright colors of fall start to fade, the leaves hit the ground and are eventually blown on to the road. Loose leaves mixed with autumn rainstorms can create very slippery road conditions. Drivers will want to maintain a safe speed for the conditions they face and make sure their tires have a healthy tread depth and they are properly inflated.
If you have any questions about how well-suited your vehicle is to fall driving needs, make an appointment with an Acura of Modesto product expert today.