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.
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.
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.
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.
Fall brings cool weather and stunning scenery. Regular maintenance can not only improve the resale value of your car, but also extend its life and prevent future breakdowns. Learn the best ways to take care of your car with these fall maintenance tips.
According to The Car Connection, it is crucial to check your tires and breaks. The cooler temperatures can lower the tire pressure in your car, increasing the risk of a blowout. While you’re at it, check for uneven wear and tear, bulging, and cracking in the rubber. These are all signs that you need new tires before winter.
Next, top off fluids; this includes coolant, wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Most drivers realize their vehicle needs an oil change about every three months, but few people realize that they should top off other vehicle fluids this frequently.
Finally, check your lights. Proper visibility is a must in the fall, since there is typically lessdaylight than in the spring and summer. Have a friend help you check your taillights, headlights, blinker, reverse lights, and fog lights.
Stop by Bell Mitsubishi to have a professional technician service and inspect your vehicle to ensure that it’s ready for the fall.
Staten Island is a great place to live and play. We get to enjoy the benefits of the big city, but with a smaller, more community-centered lifestyle. Now that summer is over, the weather will start to cool down and we will get to experience all that autumn has to offer. Here are a few ways to have fun on Staten Island this fall.
- 1776 Peace Conference Celebration. Right after the Revolutionary War started, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with British Admiral Lord Richard Howe on Staten Island to try to bring an early end to the war. However, the negotiations failed, and the rest is history. Celebrate the 241st anniversary of this event on September 9th at Conference House Park.
- Von Thun Farms. Every weekend starting on September 23rd, you can visit Von Thun Farms for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pick-your-own apples, hayrides, and more.
- Staten Island Oktoberfest. On October 14th, the Staten Island Marine Corps League will host its annual Oktoberfest. There will be games, live music, food and drink for the whole family to enjoy.
What is your favorite way to celebrate fall on Staten Island? Here at Bell Mitsubishi, we love serving all of our friends and neighbors here on Staten Island during this season.