Driving around to see the beautiful fall foliage is a welcome activity for many people. If you are planning on heading out to do this, you must ensure that you are prepared for driving in this season.
You might not think of autumn as a season with specific hazards. Here are a few to remember as you head out the door:
- The glaring sun can make it difficult to see, so choose polarized sunglasses as part of your driving gear
- Leaves that have fallen are slippery, so don't brake quickly on them
- Deer and other wildlife might cross the roads, so remain watchful for them
- Your eyes need time to adjust to the light outside, so plan for a couple of minutes for this before you pull out of the driveway
- Fall rains can make driving conditions treacherous, so remember to avoid slamming on your breaks and steer into a skid if you hydroplane
Remember, even when you are driving safely, others might not be doing the same. There is a chance that you will be involved in a crash. If this happens, be sure to keep your wits about you.
- Get medical care if there is any sign that you suffered an injury
- Contact the police to get an accident report
- Try to gather what evidence you can at the scene, including pictures and contact information
- Be careful about what you say as you don't want to admit fault, even if you didn't mean to
All of this can protect your right to seek compensation if you decide you need to.