Tips for Driving Safely During the Fall

Fall is finally here, and while it’s a great time of the year, it’s not all about pumpkin spice and cozy sweaters. Along with the cooler temperatures and shorter days come more driving hazards you need to look out for on the road to stay safe. The following safety tips can help you enjoy the season even more by staying out of harm’s way.

Driving in the Dark

During the summer months you may have taken the extended daylight for granted. Fall means the days are getting shorter and we have less sunlight to work with. That means that there’s a better chance you’ll be driving in the dark on your way to work or to drop the kids off at school in the morning, and it also means you may be driving home in the dark too. Now’s a good time to clean your car’s headlights and make sure all your lights are working properly. Another useful tip for driving in the dark is to give your eyes time to adjust, especially when leaving the bright lights of an office setting. It takes your eyes about two to five minutes to adjust to the dark, so be sure not to be in too big of a hurry to get on the road.

Watching for Pedestrians

Kids are back in school which means you’ll need to be very careful when it comes to crosswalks. Make sure you slow down for all school zones and stop well in front of crosswalks. You’ll likely see more people of all ages out walking due to the nice weather, so be sure to always be alert for pedestrians.

Not Settling for Frosty Windshields

Chicagoland drivers know that cooler temperatures mean frosty windshields. This creates a hazard when it comes to visibility, but there are some things you can do about it. Put a towel over your windshield when parked and cover your side mirrors with plastic bags. You can also use a 2:1 mix of rubbing alcohol and water to clean your windshield.

Other Fall Driving Safety Tips

  • Leaves can be slippery so don’t hard brake. Drive through them slowly and pay attention because they may obscure lane lines.
  • Avoid sun glare especially after sunrise and before sunset by wearing sunglasses, keeping your windshield clean, and driving on North/South streets if possible
  • Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you in the event of rain as roads are more slippery. Also make sure your wiper blades are working properly.

While these tips could help you stay safe and avoid an accident, other drivers may not have read them like you did. If you’ve been in an accident and need collision repair services, contact B&L Automotive today at (773) 463-1622.

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