Not that fall is quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how the change in seasons will affect driving conditions. While driving in summer is not without its risks, fall poses even more danger to motorists. To ensure that you protect yourself, your passengers, and others on the road, try out these driving safety suggestions this fall.
During back to school season, there will be more cars on the road as parents and students drive to local schools. It’s important that you anticipate this extra bit of traffic and plan to leave a little earlier to account for longer commute times. Planning ahead will ensure that you do not attempt reckless driving maneuvers (speeding, hopping lanes, etc.) in your attempt to make it to work on time.
The start of school also means the return of school buses. It’s important to remember that there are special traffic laws that drivers need to be aware of when it comes to sharing the road with buses. For instance, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that has stopped to load or unload children. Additionally, drivers must stop when yellow or red lights are flashing, and the stop arm is extended. Finally, drivers should leave the 10-foot radius around the bus clear to ensure that students remain safe.
Many animals are more active during the fall months, especially deer. If you live in an area where deer are common, then you need to be wary about deer running across the roadway. Drive cautiously while going through wooded areas and be careful when going around bends in the road. Be ready to hit your brakes just in case a deer does suddenly dart across your path.
Try out these driving safety suggestions this fall. Want another way to keep the roadways safe? Then make sure you have the right auto insurance in place. For assistance with all your car coverage needs, contact the experts at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency. Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Nationwide, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.