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Weather conditions can be unpredictable in the fall. A bright, beautiful afternoon can turn rainy and cold in minutes. With days getting shorter, you could find yourself commuting to or from work in darkness.

Sun Glare - person with hand on steering wheel and glare coming in through windshield

  • Approach traffic lights carefully.  Sun glare can make it harder to see traffic lights change.
  • Avoid using products that increase gloss.  Washing and waxing with these products can magnify the fall's sunny glare and make it hard to see.
  • Clean your windshield, inside and out.  When your windshield is illuminated by sunlight, dust particles, streaks and smudges become magnified, making it hard to see the road.
  • Keep your sunglasses handy
  • Don't look directly into the lights of oncoming traffic

 

Rain - vehicle driving on wet road

  • Ensure your windshield wipers are in good working order
  • Check your tire pressure once a month using a tire gauge
  • Check headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals to be sure all are working properly
  • Slow down - tires lose traction easily on wet pavement
  • Back off - try to stay at least 5 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you

 

Leaves - autumn leaves on roadway surrounded by trees

Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice.  Take the following precautions when leaves are on the road.

  • Drive slowly
  • Avoid hard braking
  • When leaves obscure lane lines, pay attention to the edge of the road and take care to stay in your lane
  • Leaves can also cover pot holes in the road, motorcycles should be extra vigilant 

 

Back to School - children entering school bus

  • Slow down and watch for children
  • Don't block crosswalks
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and take extra care in school zones
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Never pass a bus loading or unloading children
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children.  Stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.

 

Frost - vehicle with frost and leave on windshield

  • Clear frost from your windows and windshield, as it can reduce visibility and response time on the road
  • Frost on the road should be treated like ice - slow down and increase your stopping distance.  Look for frost on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas of roads.

 

Fog - vehicles driving on road with fog

  • Use low-beam headlights and fog lights if you have them
  • Never use high-beam lights, as they cause glare, making it more difficult for you and others to see what's ahead of you on the road
  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops
  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to turn on your hazards and pull off the road into a safe location

 

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