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Driver safety tips for fall

Pennsylvania motorists need to remain focused on road conditions whenever they travel. However, they need to be especially careful when driving during the fall season. This is because it’s often more challenging to drive in the dark, during school hours or when the roads are covered with leaves. Motorists may also encounter deer or other animals that are migrating in search of food or mates.

The days get shorter

The sun setting before 7 p.m. is one of the hallmarks of the fall season. By the time you get to October, the sun generally won’t rise until after 7 a.m. Therefore, there is a good chance that you will either commute to or from work or school in total darkness. Make sure that your car’s lights work properly and that you have your vision checked prior to driving at night.

Fall can be a wet season

Although you’re more likely to deal with rain as opposed to snow in the fall season, it can still make driving difficult. Ideally, you’ll slow down and increase your following distance to minimize your risk of a collision. It’s also a good idea to have your car’s tires and brakes checked to further reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

Keep debris off of your car

Leaves can easily cover a windshield or stick to windshield wipers. To maximize your visibility, make sure to clear your windshield, windshield wipers and mirrors of leaves or anything else that might be stuck to those surfaces. You may also want to consider replacing your windshield wipers if they are old or brittle as they may cause streaks or other blemishes even when free of leaves or dirt.



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