Driving Safety Tips For Autumn

Each season brings its own set of hazards for drivers, here are our tips for safe driving in the fall.

Each season brings its own set of hazards for drivers, here are our tips for safe driving in the fall.

Each season brings its own set of hazards for drivers, and it’s important to be aware of all the dangers out there so you can be as prepared as possible. Autumn’s hazards include children and school buses, darkness, deer, and unpredictable weather.

School Buses and Kids

Kids have been back in school for a while, but young kids often don’t remember to look both ways before crossing the street while getting on and off the bus. When you see a school bus or a school zone, remember to be extra cautious and drive slowly. Anytime a school bus is stopped and has the stop sign out, never pass the bus, even if you are running late. Getting somewhere a little late is better than the consequences of passing a school bus with many young children walking nearby.


As we know, every year the sun starts to set earlier and rise later as we enter fall and winter. Statistics from the National Safety Council show that while just 25 percent of driving is at night, it is when half of all traffic deaths occur. Darkness is a hazard for drivers, and driving at night must be done with caution. Use high beams whenever necessary (remember to turn them down when a car is approaching or when you approach a car from behind,) and to keep your eyes focused on the road at all times.


Did you know that you’re 3.5 times more likely to hit an animal- especially a deer- in November than at any other time of year? According to the Institute for Highway Safety cautions, deers are likely to be mating in November, so they will be more present on highways and along the road. When driving during deer season, always remember to wear your seatbelt, as 60 percent of fatal animal crashes occur when the driver isn’t wearing one. Be especially alert when you see a deer crossing sign, or when driving on roads near wooded land.

Unpredictable Weather

The weather in the fall can often be unpredictable, as the day starts cold then is warm by the afternoon, or when one day it is rainy and in the 50s and the next it is sunny and 70 degrees. Rain is always a dangerous hazard when driving, especially when mixed with the fallen leaves. The road becomes slippery in this situation and can make you lose your steering. Be sure to drive slowly in the rain, and drive in the tracks of the cars ahead of you where the road is the dryest.

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