Driving in the Fall
Driving in the Fall may not seem all that different from driving in any other season, however there are a few extra potential hazards that come with the weather change. Due to the change in daylight hours and wildlife activity there comes a potential for hazardous driving conditions. Some of these driving hazards could be sun glare, piles of leaves, and wildlife.
Fall brings shorter days and daylight savings time. This means that drivers will be driving more often when the sun is lower in the sky. When the sun is lower it increases the glare from the sun making it more difficult to see people, brake lights, and other road hazards. Make sure that your windshield is clean and free of debris, and always have a pair of sunglasses handy within your truck.
Leaves on the Road
While driving in the Fall be cautious of wet leaves as they can make a vehicle’s tires slide which could potentially cause an accident. Leaves may also be covering up something that could cause an accident. If you see leave on the side of the road, slow down and stay cautious.
Stay Alert for Wildlife
Wildlife is much more active this time of year, especially during sunrise and sunset. Here are a few tips to stay alert for wildlife while driving.
- Look for eye shine.
- If you see one, pay attention as there may be more.
- Do not out drive the reach of your headlights.
- Do not swerve when you see an animal in the road. Hitting an animal will cause less damage than if you swerve and overturn your truck.
Stay Safe No Matter the Season
- Be Attentive: Do not let yourself become distracted. A driver must always focus on the road.
- Know Your Truck: Give your truck a thorough look-over every morning and check fluid levels, horns, and brakes. Contact your dispatch if you see anything out of the ordinary.
- Do Not Forget About Yourself: Keep yourself healthy. Keep a healthy diet and exercise plan and get enough sleep. Fatigue is a major concern for truckers because of their changing schedules.