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What tips, ideas and suggestions do you have? As the leaves change colors it is important to remember some driving conditions which will occur as we go from Summer to Fall and then Fall to Winter. Some tips for Fall driving are:

Watch Out for Leaves
During the Fall season, leaves collect on the roadway and possibly become wet. This can make the road slippery and decrease your tires’ traction. Also, when fall temperatures dip below freezing, wet leaves freeze and mimic dangerous icy roads. Leaves can also cover painted road markings, making it hard to detect lanes, as well as potholes and bumps in the road. Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid leaves getting stuck under the windshield wiper blades.

Frost Can Be A Hazard
Fall is generally a damp, wet season. As the temperatures drop, frost often coats the ground at night, causing hazardous driving conditions in the early morning. Remember to drive slowly and break gently at overpasses and bridges as these areas frost over more quickly than other roadway surfaces.

Fog Can Come Out of No Place
When driving in fog, high beams will reflect off the fog so set your headlight to low beam. This setting aims the beam of light down toward the roadway. Also reduce your speed and watch your speedometer. If fog becomes really thick use your road markers to guide you and help you to stay in your lane.

Darker Earlier
Although it becomes darker earlier, in the fading light of dusk it is difficult to see children and pedestrians, be sure to adjust your speed especially in residential areas.

Extra-glaring Sunrise and Sunset
Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. Fall sunrises and sunsets can be very brilliant. The bright sun often creates a large glare, making it difficult to see other vehicles, the roadway or the road’s shoulder. Wearing sunglasses during these times reduces the danger.

Watch out for Deer
Since Fall is an active season for breeding deer are more apt to run into the roadway especially at dawn and dusk. If you see a deer cross the roadway, proceed very slowly as they often travel in groups.

Following these ideas and suggestions may decrease the chance of having an accident or causing serious injury.

Scott B. Cooper
Schmidt Kramer PC
209 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-6300 – Telephone
(717) 232-6467 – Facsimile

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