Be Aware of These 4 Autumn Driving Dangers
Due to the colorful foliage and cooler temperatures, many people eagerly expect the arrival of fall. However, in addition to the positives, the autumn season can also bring about dangerous road conditions and driving hazards. Leaf-covered roads, fewer daylight hours, and back-to-school traffic combined can make autumn driving a challenge. Fortunately, there are reliable ways to keep safe during the autumn months. Keep reading to discover four autumn driving dangers and how our technicians at Custom Complete Automotive can help keep you safe and your car on the road.
1. Falling Leaves
While colorful fall leaves make for a beautiful landscape, they can also create dangerous driving conditions. Leaves littering the road can hide pavement markings and potholes, and can become as slick as ice when wet. As a result, fallen leaves can cause flat tires and potentially dangerous car accidents. When driving on roads covered in leaves, it is important to proceed carefully and keep a safe stopping distance between yourself and other vehicles.
2. Deer on the Move
During fall, specifically November, deer become more active and cross roads often, which could scare you into totaling your vehicle. To prevent deer crashes, always keep alert for deer in rural and wooded areas, pay attention to “deer crossing” signs, and be extra cautious during evenings and mornings when the animals are most active and difficult to see.
3. Loss of Tire Pressure
Throughout the autumn season, especially in the Midwest, temperatures rise and fall. These fluctuating temperatures can cause your car’s tires to expand and contract, resulting in low tire pressure. In order to prevent uneven tire wear, flat tires, and potentially dangerous blow outs, maintaining adequate tire pressure is critical. Regularly inspect your tires and have your tires filled when necessary.
4. Sun Glares
As autumn begins, sun glare distraction increases since the sun moves closer to the earth's horizon. This can cause sunlight to hit directly in your eyes and more likely reflect on lower angles of other cars, buildings, and windows. To keep a safe eye on the road, ensure you have sunglasses handy and keep your windshield clear to eliminate dirt streaks that can contribute to glare. At Custom Complete Automotive, our certified technicians understand the importance of keeping your car properly maintained this autumn season. We offer unmatched maintenance services to ensure your vehicle is ready for safe fall driving. To learn more about our auto services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our six convenient locations, contact us today!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.