Once again its Fall in New England. Beautiful orange/red/golden leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, apple picking, cooler nights and warm sweaters. For drivers, fall also brings new road hazards to be aware of. Keep these dangers in mind when driving this autumn to keep you and your passengers safe.
Rain- Rain can limit visibility and causes the roads to become slick.
Take extra driving precautions when the wet weather sets in. Reduce your speed and avoid sudden, hard braking when driving in the rain. Replace your wiper blades once or twice a year to ensure the wipers work properly.
Fog- Cooler nights mean foggy mornings.
Keep your headlights on low when driving in fog. High beams can reflect off of fog, creating glare and reducing visibility.
Leaves- Leaves can be a driving hazard when they pile up on the road obstructing road markings and become slippery when wet.
Give yourself more time to react to a potential hazard by leaving more space between your car and the car in front of you. This should give you enough time to react.
Sun Glare- The sun goes down earlier in the fall and winter months and driving in low sun can be blinding at times.
It may be difficult to see traffic lights change, so approach them carefully. Sun glare can magnify every streak/dirt speck on your windshield obscuring your visibility, try to keep your windshield clean, inside and out.