Tips for Driving in the Fall
Autumn Driving Can Be Hazardous
Here in Billings, Montana, we had our hottest day of the year on September 4th when the thermometer tipped 101 degrees. There have only been two other years when we exceeded 100 degrees in September: 1950 and 1983. Coincidentally, both of those years we also received snowfall before September ended.
Despite the warm temperatures, fall is coming. And with fall comes a whole new method of driving so that you remain safe on the road, accident free, and ideally don’t need to have collision repair services from Big Sky Collision Center.
The Hazards of Autumn Driving
Leaves – One of the best parts of this time of year is watching the leaves change to vibrant colors, and then to drift lazily to the ground. Of course this beauty can turn to danger when it piles onto the roads. Wet leaves can be just as slick as frost covered roads, so take some care when you are driving through areas with heavy leaf fall.
Frost – The days may still be getting into the 60’s and 70’s, but the nights are cool and crisp. When they drop below freezing, the dew turns to frost. That frost can coat the roads for your morning commute causing it to be a little slicker than you expect.
Children – Back to school time was a couple of weeks ago already (read our back to school driving for more tips on what to expect). More kids around, means more traffic dropping those kids off. And more traffic means a longer commute if you pass through one or more school zones.
Wildlife – Animals like deer and elk mate in the fall. This means that they are out foraging for food as they sense the colder weather coming, and when the rut hits they are downright crazy. Their hormones take over what little sense they had, and can dart in front of cars at a moment’s notice.
Sunshine – It seems we covered basically every type of weather already, now we have to worry about the sun!?! As the days get shorter, the sun is going to be in your eyes at times. That sun glare can cause issues if you’re not prepared.
How to Drive Safely in the Fall
Check Your Tires – When your tires are inflated to their optimum PSI, they won’t slip as much on the roads. Check your tires to ensure that you have the best tread possible, and that you will be safe on wet, leafy, frosty, snowy, or dry roads.
Clean Your Windshield – The glaring sun is bad enough. It gets even worse if you have a dirty or bug covered windshield. This time of year it is especially important to make sure that your windshield isn’t hindering your view of the road. A quick clean every few days is all it takes to prevent an accident.
Maintain Your Distance – Following too close is never a good idea; even on dry roads. Add a little water, some leaves, frost, ice, or snow, and you get a recipe for disaster. Slow down, take your time, and keep a good distance so you’re not ramming the back of that minivan when they brake hard for kids or deer.
Use Your Headlights – Shorter days, lower sun angles, kids on the road, it all means that it’s harder to see. Make sure that other vehicles can see you so that you’re not putting anyone else in danger. Running your headlights all the time doesn’t drain your battery any faster, and won’t wear out the new lights.
Bring Your Accidents to Big Sky Collision Center
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we know that accidents happen. Sometimes you hit a deer, sometimes you slip off a slick road, sometimes the hail wrecks up your rig, and sometimes you get hit by an inattentive driver.
If you have been in an accident, we are here to restore your vehicle to like-new status. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you on the schedule with the best collision repair center in Billings.