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Stay Safe on the Roads This Fall

driving in autumnDriving in autumn can be a wonderful experience. You can see the beautiful hues of purple, orange, red, and yellow and enjoy the crisp, fresh air.

The snow and ice may not be in full swing just yet, however, fall driving comes with a unique set of risks.

At Young’s Auto Body, we want to make sure you stay safe this fall, so we’ve outlined our top five tips for safe autumn driving.

Five Factors to Keep in Mind for Safe Fall Driving

  1. Watch out for Leaves: When leaves fall on the road and get wet, this creates a slick surface. Driving over wet leaf piles significantly reduces your traction, so it’s important to be aware.
  2. Changing Weather Conditions: Rainy and foggy conditions are more common in autumn than summer. In wet weather, be sure to maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. In foggy weather, be sure to use your low beams, never your high beams, for best visibility.
  3. Beware of Earlier Nightfall: The days get shorter in autumn, and daylight savings time ends. It’s smart to let your eyes get used to the dark before driving off, so give yourself 2-5 minutes to let your eyes adjust.
  4. It’s Deer Season: Fall marks the beginning of deer breeding season, so you will see more of them near the roads. Keep in mind that deer are most active around dusk and dawn, so exercise caution when driving at this time, especially near wooded areas or deer crossing signs.
  5. Mind Bridges: As temperatures begin to drop, bridges become an ideal place for frost to collect. These surfaces tend to freeze more easily than other parts of the road, since there is no ground beneath them to insulate them from the cold.

Young’s Auto Body wishes you an autumn of safe driving!

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