In New Jersey, autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year and many drivers are out and about enjoying what the season brings – pumpkin picking, harvest festivals, football games or a nice drive to take in the foliage. As you get behind the wheel, be aware of the roadway dangers the season may bring:
- Autumn Leaves — As leaves begin to fall, they can become extremely dangerous. When wet, leaves are as slippery and dangerous as ice, causing reduced traction and ability to control your vehicle. Falling leaves can also obscure road markings, potholes, bumps and curbs. TIP: When driving on a roadway covered in wet leaves, slow down and put extra traveling distance between you and the car in front of you to allow for additional stopping time. When possible, avoid driving through piles of leaves.
- Foggy Days and Nights — Autumn can be a damp, wet season with rain or foggy mornings and evenings. Beware of limited visibility on the roadway. TIP: Use your low beam headlights as they aim the light down toward the roadway making it easier to see.
- Deer Crossing — The autumn months are among the most active times for deer. The frequency of deer encounters among drivers increases, especially at dusk and dawn. TIP: If you see a deer on the side of the road, slow down and proceed with caution, keeping in mind that deer often travel in groups. For more tips on avoiding deer collisions, click here.
- Intense Sunsets — Sunrises and sunsets during the fall are beautiful. With this beauty comes extreme sun glare and decreased visibility, making it difficult to see other vehicles and the roadway. TIP: Drive slowly, use your sun visor and keep a pair of sunglasses in your car to reduce the glare.
Be aware of these added roadway dangers. Take the proper precautions to help reduce risks as you and your family drive to and from your destination this season.