Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year, especially around the Okanagan. We wake up and get to see the leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. Although, with all those leaves on the ground poses many fall driving hazards that we want you to be aware of. We want the leaves to leave only one effect on you… their beauty! Check out these fall driving safety tips:
Clear your windows:
There is nothing more annoying and dangerous than dirty windows. Having something on you windows and windshields will obstruct your view. Make sure to clear you vehicle of fallen leaves before you get ready to drive away.
One very important thing to remember about leaves is that they are great at covering things. Potholes, road paint, small animals, and rocks are many of the things you need to watch out for while driving in the midst of leave. Never, ever drive through a big pile of leaves; you may not know what is behind or underneath it. Take extra note on the location of potholes during your daily route incase next week it is covered by leaves. Always watch what is going on around you. If you can’t see the lines on the road, watch to see where other vehicles are driving and follow suit.
When leaves are wet, they become extremely slippery! In addition, when the weather gets colder, these wet leaves may freeze and become a layer of ice. When driving on a road full of icy leaves, you will have little to no traction, which can lead to skidding and losing control of your vehicle. We suggest you leave a little earlier and drive extra slow during this fall season.
Here comes the sun:
With the season changing, the position of the sun in the sky also changes! The glare off of your windows can be very dangerous for a driver as it decreases visibility. Investing in a good pair of sunglasses is highly recommended. We want you to have a clear view of the road ahead, behind, and beside you.
Rain is common during fall, and it is even more common in the form of torrential downpours. Hydroplaning is a large concern when you are faced with excessive water on the highway and roads. Make sure that you slow down if you are concerned with driving on a flooded highway. We even suggest pulling to the side of the road and waiting until the rain subsides. It is better to be safe than sorry.
With the changing weather and temperature, driving in the fall can be very dangerous. We feel it is very important for drivers to be prepared for road conditions. Be safe this season and take advantage of these helpful fall driving tips!
Young Drivers (www.yd.com)