Fall Driving Fleet Safety Tips – Well, it’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing, pumpkins are out, and the weather is getting cooler. Fall is nearly here, and with it, new dangers are present on the roadways. Here are some tips to think about and hazards to watch out for as we head into autumn.
Heed the Leaves
More and more leaves will fall onto the roadways, covering up traffic lines, pavement markings and even hazardous pot holes. When it rains, as fall is prone to do in New Jersey, wet leaves could make your vehicle slip and slide, causing an accident. Take extra precaution when you see the road covered with a rainbow of yellows, reds and oranges.
Be on the Lookout for Deer
The fall happens to be breeding season for deer, so you’ll be seeing a lot of them on the sides of the roads. More than likely, one of them will dart out in front of you at some point, sometimes in groups. Heed these tips:
- Keep your eyes open. If you spot a deer on the side of the road, slow down. Chances are, there’s more than one.
- Brake, don’t swerve. Swerving to avoid hitting a deer can cause an even more severe accident, especially if there is oncoming traffic. Instead of veering out of your lane, try to brake instead.
- Use your high beams from dusk until dawn to see them better, as these are their most active times of the day.
Prepare for Frost
Temperatures will dip quite a bit overnight now, which results in morning frost. When you are traveling in the early morning, there could be hazardous icy spots on the road, especially on overpasses, bridges and shady areas. Before setting out, clear any frost on your windshield.
Use Low Beams in Fog
Chilly fall mornings can result in a blanket of fog across the roadways, especially in hilly and mountainous areas. Fog decreases your visibility while driving, but don’t think your high beams will help you see better. This will just magnify the fog and cause you to become more disoriented. Instead, use your low beam headlights during the day, drive slowly and leave plenty of room between cars.
Note the Time Change
Our clocks “fall back” in autumn, which means earlier sunsets and reduced visibility. It’s hard for some people, especially long-distance truckers who are in such a routine day after day, to adjust to this drastic change. Be aware your driving habits will have to change, as it may be dark during times when you’re normally driving in daylight.
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