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Fall hazards that drivers should be aware of

If you woke up this morning and felt a difference in the air, your senses are leading you in the right direction. The first full day of fall occurred this week, and we will soon see the leaves on trees change, the air will become chillier and soon enough, fall will give way to winter. But before then, drivers must adjust to the hazards that fall can bring.

This post will highlight a few of these hazards, and discuss how drivers can protect themselves and avoid being in car accidents

Sun glare – You may not notice that the days are getting shorter, but in the mornings, the sun comes up later. This could pose a problem for drivers who may have a tough time seeing when the sun is directly in their field of vision.  Besides using shades and sunglasses, drivers should their windows clean, so that dust particles do not form curtains on their windshields.

Foggy mornings – The cold air on fall mornings, combined with the ground that is still warm, could produce fog banks that can limit a driver’s ability to see down the road. When this occurs, it is important for drivers to slow down for the conditions. Also resisting the urge to use high beams is a good idea because fog banks tend to reflect light, which only produces a cloud instead of a path.

Migrating animals – The fall is a time where deer and other animals may be migrating to and from grazing spots. Also they tend to travel near sunrise and sunset. Both are times when drivers’ vision can be compromised.

 

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