Autumn Driving Tips

Autumn Driving Tips

Autumn Driving Tips from SLM Toyota

The changing of seasons can affect driving conditions quite dramatically and Autumn is no different. There are many changes to prepare for so that you don’t get caught out on the road.

Read our top tips below for keeping safe in the coming months.

1. Leaves

Although the trees look a beautiful colour at this time of year, falling leaves can pose a risk to drivers. When they accumulate and become wet, they can be extremely slippery and increase the risk of skidding. It can also make it harder to read road markings. Make sure you slow down on leaf covered roads and leave a greater gap between you and the car in front of you.

2. Driving at sunset

At this time of year, the sun begins to set much earlier in the day, increasing the risk of being dazzled on your journey. Keep your windscreen clean inside and out and keep a pair of sunglasses in your car so you’ll always be prepared. It is also a good idea to use your headlights to help others see you. In fading light it is more difficult to see cyclists, children and pedestrians, so take extra caution around bus stops, residential areas and round corners.

 

 

3. Changing weather conditions

Autumn is well known for being wet and damp a lot of the time, meaning an increase of fog and frost as temperatures drop. Turn on your fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres and set your headlights to low beam in all other foggy conditions. Drive slowly and break gently and be particularly aware of the possibility of black ice.

4. Vehicle Maintenance

To reduce the risk of an unwanted breakdowns, ensure your windscreen wipers, washer fluid, bulbs, battery and tyres are working correctly to avoid any situations that could affect your driving ability. What’s more, it is a good idea to keep an emergency car safety kit in your vehicle just incase.

5. Be aware of animals

Autumn is a busy season for animals as they prepare for the oncoming winter and it is also mating season for deer. It’s important to keep an eye out, especially in more wooded and countryside areas. Creatures big or small, it’s a good idea to dip your lights if you spot any so as not to dazzle them and stop them in in your path. Furthermore, try to avoid braking suddenly or swerving into the path of oncoming traffic. Instead, slow down and continue on as usual.

Above all else, drive safely and enjoy the season of hot chocolate, scarves and fireworks!

 

 

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