Though we typically think of winter when it comes to dangerous driving conditions, there are some important fall driving hazards you should know. There are environmental and social factors that make driving more dangerous this time of year. For instance, there’s less daylight, and schools are in session. Keep an eye out for these particularly dangerous autumn driving hazards.

Children

According to AARP, it’s especially important to watch out for children. When driving near schools, slow down and keep your eyes on the road. If there is a school bus, you must stop when it extends the “stop” arm to let children cross. If it’s trick-or-treat night, you should drive especially slowly.

Damp Roads

Watch out for damp roads. While sleet and ice are certainly dangerous, it is actually the small pools of water and moist roads that can be the slipperiest. Water mixes with oil on the road, creating a road slick that might not wash away if there isn’t enough rain.

Sun Glare

Be aware of sun glares affecting visibility. The sun sets earlier as autumn arrives, lingering closer to the horizon than it does in summer months. Get a pair of sunglasses and clean your windshield regularly—dirt streaks only make glares worse.

We at Bell Mitsubishi wish you and your family a safe, fun fall season.