Autumn in South Carolina is a time to enjoy colorful foliage and cooler weather. It is also a time to be extra cautious when driving due to daylight saving time, the presence of school children, and other seasonal conditions. The Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. offer the following autumn driving safety tips:
- Watch out for children: School is in full session, which means that children will be waiting at bus stops, walking to school, and crossing streets most weekdays. Be sure to look out for children in the roads, especially when driving near a school bus or in a school zone. There are more teen crashes at the beginning and end of school days, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
- Watch out for animals: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that drivers are three and a half times more likely to hit a deer in November than any other month. Drivers are more likely to encounter a deer at sunrise and sunset, so it is important to be watchful at these times. Deer may dart out in front of your car, especially if you are driving by the woods at night.
- Drive cautiously through leaves: Leaves that have fallen onto the roads may obscure road hazards, such as potholes and ice. They can also cover traffic lines and other road markings. Breaking or accelerating on wet leaves can be just as dangerous as breaking or accelerating on ice – you may not be able to stop in time, causing you to skid or lose control of your vehicle.
- Be aware of daylight saving time: For most places in the U.S., daylight saving time ends in November, meaning the daylight hours will be shorter. According to the NSC, 50 percent of traffic fatalities occur at night, so it is important to take certain safety precautions when driving at night, such as slowing down, keeping your distance, and avoiding driving while drowsy.
- Maintain your vehicle: It is imperative to inspect and maintain your vehicle, particularly during autumn when visibility may be reduced due to weather conditions. Replace your windshield wipers, clean any frost off the windshield, and avoid using wax and other products that can make glare worse. Also, extreme temperature changes can cause tires to lose pressure, so be sure to check your tires for adequate pressure, as well as traction.
- Prepare for glare: Sun glare is the cause of many accidents, especially during the fall. Wear sunglasses when driving during the day and avoid looking directly into the lights of oncoming traffic when driving at night. Keeping your windshield clean and streak free can also help minimize glare.
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