Here are some fall driving tips and advice for protecting your car:
Wet leaves can be just as slick as ice. Slow down when driving over large patches of leaves and increase your distance from the car ahead of you.
Camouflaged potholes (and people)
It’s more difficult to spot potholes, road debris and the curb when leaves are strewn across the road. Slow down to avoid hitting something that could damage your car. And never drive over a large pile of leaves—kids and dogs may be playing in them.
Wet leaves aren’t the only culprit. Dry leaves can ignite from the heat of your car’s exhaust system or catalytic converter. To avoid this, don’t park on a pile of leaves.
Remove leaves from your car, both when you are parked and before you drive. Sap and acid from the leaves can damage your paint. Leaves can get stuck beneath your windshield wipers, making them less effective. And leaves that accumulate under your car’s hood can clog air vents and impact your ventilation system.
Daylight saving time ends in fall, and you may begin driving in the dark more often. Maintain a speed that allows you to stop for an obstacle at the far reaches of your headlights.
As the air begins to cool, the chance of fog increases. When driving in fog, reduce your speed to increase your reaction time. Driving with your low-beam headlights helps you see the roadway more clearly.
You’re more likely to cross paths with deer during the fall, which is their mating season. Stay especially alert at dawn and dusk when deer are most active. If you can’t avoid hitting a deer, don’t swerve—but do brake firmly and stay in your lane.
These tips are courtesy of AAA. You can read the full article here. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also provides Fall Driving Tips.
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