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How to drive safely this fall

On Behalf of | Sep 10, 2023 | Auto Accidents

Autumn in New Jersey features shorter days, falling leaves and greater chances for precipitation. Ultimately, you will likely have to contend with driving in the dark as well as slick roads. Furthermore, you may also have to contend with kids riding or biking to school as well as animals crossing roads and wandering in yards looking for food and mates.

Have your car inspected

It’s difficult to drive safely if your car can’t handle the elements. Ideally, you will have the lights, brakes and other important components inspected at some point during the late summer months. This will ensure that you’ll be able to see when driving during periods of low light and that you can stop quickly on wet roads if necessary. You’ll also want to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that your windshield wipers are in good shape.

Slow down

The morning commute can be stressful because the roads are congested and you might not be fully awake and alert by the time you start driving. However, you can manage your stress by leaving home a few minutes earlier as that gives you an opportunity to travel at slower and safer speeds. Taking such a step may reduce your risk of being in a car accident regardless of road conditions.

Watch out for pedestrians

Children who are walking or riding to school or back will often be looking at their phones or otherwise be in their own worlds. Therefore, it’s up to you to be aware of their presence and to anticipate their moves. This means that you should refrain from using your phone, listening to loud music or engaging in other activities that might make it harder to concentrate on road conditions.