Safety · Tips and Tricks

Switching Gears for Autum

With the fall season here, many of us are enjoying the cooler temperatures, changing leaves and all things pumpkin-spiced. Motorists, though, face a new set of challenges while driving on fall roads:

Autumn leaves must fall. Falling leaves and rain on the roads can create one slippery layer. Take care when you’re driving in areas with a lot of bare trees and when it’s raining. Always slow down if debris is in the road.

Water and oil don’t mix. Rain causes oil to sit on top of the wet road, which can create a slick surface. Your stopping distance will increase, so be sure to leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you. And note that the first rain after a long dry spell can be particularly slippery.

When darkness falls. In most areas of the U.S., we turn back the clocks on Nov. 6, which may reduce visibility during your dusk or dawn commute. Always turn on your headlights during this time. If it’s a foggy morning, be sure to keep your headlights on low beam setting, and use fog lights if you have them.

It’s wild out there. When driving on rural roads, keep an eye out for animals. Fall is deer mating season, so the chances of running into deer increase. Note that deer are most active at dusk or dawn. They often travel in groups, so if you see one, look for more.

If you do see a deer ahead, slow down and maneuver your way around the animal. If you don’t have enough time to stop, accelerate, as slowing down lowers the front-end of your car and can send the deer into your windshield.

Check up on your insurance. In fall, as always, it’s important to ensure you’re protected with a quality auto insurance policy. Contact your Colonial agent today to help you match the right coverage to your needs and budget.



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