Along with gorgeous fall colors, dipping temperatures and the anticipation
of the holidays, the autumn season also brings with it a unique set of
road safety issues. In fact, AAA says October is now the 2nd most dangerous month of the year for driving, and October was 2016’s
deadliest month here in Washington DC,
according to WTOP. What are some of these fall road dangers, and how can you navigate them safely?
For several weeks in October and into November, the autumn leaves cover
some roadways faster than crews can come by and clean them. These leaves
interrupt the friction between your tires and the road, giving you less
traction—and when it rains, these leaves can sometimes become as
slick as a layer of ice. To stay safe, drive more slowly on wet roads
and roadways covered with leaves.
Autumn is mating season for deer and other animals, making them restless
and changing their habits. Deer especially frequent the roadways at dusk
this time of year, just when it’s most difficult to spot them. To
stay safe, drive slower at dusk and keep the sides of the road in your
peripheral vision. (Having a passenger watch the roadsides can also help.)
Cooler temperatures may lead to frost and black ice on the roads, especially
in the mornings. Exercise extra caution while driving on frosty mornings
or after a cool rain.
As winter approaches, we lose more daylight hours in the mornings and evenings.
When we “fall back” from Daylight Savings Time to Standard
Time in early November, drivers frequently struggle to adapt to the early
darkness during rush hour drives. Remember when you switch the clock that
you will encounter these conditions, and exercise caution not just for
yourself, but also around other drivers who may be caught off guard.
For additional safety tips on fall driving hazards, check out our article
If you’ve been injured in an accident in autumn or any other time
of year, we can help. Call us to speak to a
Washington D.C. personal injury attorney today.