How to Prevent Autumn Car Accidents
A new season can bring dangerous conditions and various hazards motorists didn’t face during the summer months. Autumn can present a range of obstacles for drivers.
Although many people think the conditions faced during winter in cold climates are the most dangerous, the fall can create unique challenges. Multiple factors can increase the risk of a car crash when summer turns to autumn.
You might know traffic laws and follow them explicitly. However, it’s often difficult to avoid potentially dangerous situations if you don’t know about them. If you encounter hidden hazards, you could end up in an accident and suffer severe injuries.
It’s necessary to take the appropriate precautions to keep yourself and others safe on the road. Follow the tips below to prevent an autumn car accident.
Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Car
Maintenance is crucial to the upkeep of any vehicle. If you don’t bring your car in for an oil change, tire rotation, or inspection to locate potential problems, a part or system could cause the entire vehicle to malfunction. If you lose control, you can end up on a collision course with another driver, pedestrian, or stationary object, such as a telephone pole.
Schedule an appointment with a mechanic or dealership. They can top off your fluids, put more air in your tires, and check for faulty parts or defects. If there’s damage to your vehicle, they can repair it immediately. They can also replace a part recalled by the manufacturer.
Reduce Your Speed in Dangerous Conditions
Motorists can face hazards during heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. The roads can become wet, making the pavement slippery. If you exceed the speed limit or drive recklessly, your car could skid out of control and crash into a nearby vehicle or ditch. Heavy rainfall can lead to flooding, causing a car to hydroplane. Downpours can also cause visibility issues.
Leaves can fall to the ground when the seasons change, covering up defects in the road. A pile of leaves can hide a pothole, tree branch, and other debris. If you’re driving too fast and run over any of these hazards, you could get a flat tire or swerve into an occupied lane or oncoming traffic.
Stay Alert Near Other Cars
The roads become more congested during autumn. That’s because residents return from summer vacation and children go back to school. When there are more vehicles on the road, the likelihood of an accident increases.
Commuting each day means you can cross paths with an inattentive or distracted motorist. Although you can take precautions to remain safe, there’s nothing you can do to prevent others from behaving recklessly at the wheel.
You should focus on your surroundings at all times, even if you’re driving only a couple of miles from home. If you encounter a speeding driver, get out of their way and try to maintain some distance from them. If you see someone drifting towards your lane, try to merge into a different lane or slow down so you can avoid an accident.
Proceed with Caution Near Schools
School is already back in session when fall comes around. You will likely encounter more buses on the roads if you drive anywhere in the morning or afternoon. Instead of taking the bus, some kids walk, which means you’ll see an increase in pedestrian traffic.
Thoroughly check for children crossing the street at every crosswalk. You should always slow down and proceed with caution. If you’re not paying attention, you may not see a kid already in the middle of the street.
Traffic laws require every motorist to reduce their speed when approaching a school zone during specific times of the day. If you see flashing lights, slow down and observe the area carefully for children. If you speed through the school zone and lose control of your car, you could crash into a child pedestrian on the sidewalk.
Nighttime Driving is Safer with Headlights
Turn on your headlights whenever you drive at night. The end of Daylight Saving Time means it gets dark earlier in the day. Your lights can help you see pedestrians, other vehicles, and hazards on the road.
If your headlights stay off, you won’t be able to see what’s happening around you. Additionally, other drivers won’t see your car.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney from Sampson Law Firm
Since 1997, our legal team has represented accident victims needing guidance and support during the most difficult times in their lives. We understand how traumatic it can be to suffer injuries because another person chose to drive recklessly. You can depend on us to fight by your side until the end and seek the compensation you deserve.