The fall season brings a lot of changes. Not only do the leaves become
brown and the air becomes crisper, but the roads can also become more
dangerous. Autumn weather is unpredictable, causing havoc for drivers
in Texas and throughout the United States.
The following are the most common dangers of fall driving:
The increased presence of children – Besides taking the bus to school or getting dropped off by their
parents, many children choose to ride their bicycles or walk. During the
morning and afternoon, drivers need to be aware of increased pedestrian
traffic now that school is back in session.
Rain – Oil, dust, rubber, and grime build up on the roads throughout the
summer. As soon as it starts raining, the roads become even slicker. Hydroplaning
often occurs since a layer of water builds between a vehicle’s wheels
and the road surface, resulting in a loss of traction and steering difficulties,
all recipes for a car accident.
Sun glare during rush hour – The fall also means experiencing sun glare while driving. When
the sun is in front of drivers, it can affect their vision seconds after
exposure, resulting in difficult seeing the vehicle in front of them,
surrounding traffic and pedestrians. When the sun is behind, sunlight
can reflect off the rearview mirror or traffic signals, blinding drivers
for a split second.
Fog – Cool mornings often result in foggy weather, which limits your
visibility or distance perception while driving. Fog is more commonplace
in areas surrounded by trees, water, hills, or mountains.
So when driving during the fall season, drive slower when you encounter
any one of the hazards listed above. Leave more space between you and
the vehicle in front of you. Lastly, service your vehicle for the colder
months and ensure your tires and windshield wipers are in great condition.
If you have suffered an injury in a
car accident caused by a negligent driver, schedule a free consultation with our
Fort Worth personal injury lawyer at the
Law Office of James M. Stanley today.