Safe driving tips for fall in Kentucky

When summer fades into fall, the construction hazards may reduce but new obstacles pop up. Learn what to watch out for on roads in the fall.

Summer is a time of long days and dry roads. Besides the occasional construction and increased traffic, roadways in Kentucky are generally hazard free. However, as the days start to drift into fall, there are some specific dangers lurking about that can make the roads more challenging to drive on. Being aware of these risks can enable drivers to stay safe as they travel throughout the autumn season.

Sun glare issues

According to AARP, the sun is actually closer to the earth in the fall, which means it becomes brighter. This creates a harsher glare than the summer sun. Drivers should be aware of this issue and wear proper eye protection. Planning trips so driving is done away from the sun instead of towards it can also be helpful.

Shorter days

Another issue with fall is the days become shorter. Many people may see evening commutes home taking place in the dark, especially after the clocks change for Daylight Savings Time. The sad truth is that most accidents occur after dark even though most driving is done during the daylight hours, so drivers need to be extra vigilant and give themselves a bit more travel time when driving after the sun goes down.

Animals on the move

As the weather turns colder, animals are seeking out places to live for the winter, along with finding food to pack up for winter sustenance. Because of this, they are moving all over the place. This increases the chances of drivers hitting an animal and getting into an accident or damaging their vehicles. This is especially true of deer, which can cause serious damage to a vehicle and injuries to its occupants. Drivers should be vigilant in areas where animals frequent and lower speeds to avoid such collisions.

Schools back in session

Fall is also the time of year when kids head back to school. All drivers should pay attention, especially in the early morning hours, for children walking on or near roadways and crossing the street. Drivers also need to obey all school zone speed limits and restrictions.

Leaves create slick roads

Lovetoknow reports that another top hazard on roads in fall are leaves. While dry leaves may not be a huge problem, when they get wet, they can become as slick as ice. Drivers need to be aware of tree lined roads where leaves may fall directly on the pavement. After storms or periods of rain, speed should be reduced and drivers should be extra cautious when driving on roads covered in leaves.

Accidents can happen despite the caution and vigilance of drivers. If you find yourself in a fall car accident, consider seeking help or advice from an attorney.