The changing leaves should remind you to change the way you drive. Watch out for these four fall driving hazards. Erie Insurance photo
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Top four fall driving hazards and how to handle them

The fall season brings many things: changing leaves, cooler temps and shorter days. But other signs of fall can pose dangers to motorists. Wet leaves, fog and frost are just a few of the driving hazards to watch out for.

Erie Insurance lists four of the top fall driving hazards and steps to make your commute safer.

Rain and wet leaves

Did you know wet leaves can be as slippery as ice? As the weather cools down, the rain picks up. Combine that with lower temperatures and you’ll find that your tires may have less grip than they did during the summer months. Drive cautiously in wet conditions – that includes driving slower than you would on a dry road.

Deer collisions

Deer are most active from October to January, especially during the dusk and dawn hours. A collision with a deer can do severe damage to your vehicle. Avoid deer on the roadways by slowing down during peak hours, paying attention to road signs and using your high beams to increase visibility when possible.

Earlier sunsets

The days get shorter in the fall, so you’ll find yourself driving in the dark more often. This is another peak time for accidents. Make sure you’re staying alert during nighttime hours. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and turn your headlights on during dawn or dusk hours. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and know when to swerve if there’s an object in the road.

Schoolchildren

If you drive just before the school day starts or after it ends, you’ll likely encounter busy crosswalks and bus stops. Since more students are walking and biking to school, you’ll need to stay alert around schools and neighborhoods. Be aware of bus safety and school drop-off procedures as well. You might also consider finding a new route to avoid these high-traffic areas.

It’s important to be prepared in any season. But even the most cautious drivers can find themselves face-to-face with something unexpected. That’s why it’s important to have the right auto insurance.

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