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Driving hazards during the fall and how to avoid them

With October drawing to a close, you probably have noticed a change in our region. Indeed, leaves are changing, and the air seems cooler, especially in the morning. Also, the days are shorter and this means that we will all have to adjust, since daylight savings time expires this weekend.  

With the change in conditions, drivers will have to change their habits as fall driving hazards are markedly different from those in the summer.  

This post will highlight a few of them, and what drivers can do to avoid being in a car accident. 

Sun glare – For those who have an eastbound morning commute, the low angle of the sun could be a hazard that causes temporary blind spots. Yes, sun shades and sunglasses can provide some relief, but keeping windows free of dust and debris can is essential in avoiding hazards created by morning sun.

Watch for migrating animals – A number of animals migrate during the fall, especially deer who seek a new feeding ground before the winter comes. Migration patterns are known to cross two-lane highways and other major thoroughfares. As such, drivers must be keenly aware of crossing animals in the early morning hours.

Foggy conditions – As we alluded to earlier, the air may feel cooler these days. But since the ground is still relatively warm, the combination of the two could make for dangerous driving conditions when fog banks develop. In foggy conditions, drivers must slow down so that they have enough time to react to sudden hazards. While it may be tempting to use high beams, this is not advisable since they may only reflect the moisture in the fog.

If you have questions about your legal rights after an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. 

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