14 Tips For Fall Driving

Fall colours will soon be upon us and day trips are a great way to enjoy the season.  While day tripping is fun, make sure to stay safe on the roads with the following tips:

Roads can be slippery

Changing weather conditions, and wet and/or frozen leaves can be challenging for drivers so take extra care in these situations.

  1. Give yourself plenty of room to come to a stop at intersections and when following other vehicles.
  2. Slow down when taking corners.
  3. Be aware of leaves on the road. Both wet and frozen leaves are very slippery.
  4. Check weather conditions before you head out. Be prepared for changing weather patterns that could lead to slippery driving conditions.

Here are few other factors to consider:

  1. Sun glare. Keep sunglasses in your glove compartment.
  2. Frost on windows. Warm up the car and make sure you have a scraper.
  3. Reduced visibility with less daylight. Stay alert and pay attention to the situation outside your vehicle.
  4. Low beams for fog. Low beams give you better visibility when driving in the fog. High beams reflect off the fog and make it harder to see. If you have fog lights – use them.
  5. Deer are more active in the fall. It’s mating season for deer.  Avoid swerving. If you encounter a deer, brake firmly, beep your horn and duck below your dashboard if possible. Slow down where there are deer crossing signs and pay attention to shoulders and sides of roads.

How to prepare your car for bad weather condition?

Make sure your car is ready for Fall weather. Simple things like checking your washer fluid, lights and wiper blades can keeping you safe.

  1. Check the condition of your wiper blades to ensure they’re ready for colder weather.
  2. Winter washer fluid. Switch to winter washer fluid designed to work in cold weather and not freeze. They are usually rated for temperatures of – 35°C to -49°C or more.
  3. Tire pressure. Fluctuating temperatures can cause your tires to expand and contract leading to loss of tire pressure.
  4. Winter tires. Winter or cold weather tires are designed for temperatures below 7°C. So, when temperature starts dropping below 7°C, it’s time to change the tires.
  5. Head lights. Make sure head lights are clean, working properly and aimed correctly.

Make sure to get out and enjoy the Fall season before the winter drives us all indoors, and stay safe. Happy travels!

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