Driving safely in Autumn
Top tips on motoring.
Golden coloured leaves, high winds and blue skies make for the perfect Autumn morning but piles of dead foliage can also present a driving hazard that should be addressed by every motorist before they travel.
Children wait for the time of year when they can put on their wellies and head to school with leaves crunching underfoot. However, if the heavens open and the rain begins, wet leaves can cover the road surface and hinder the braking action of car tyres, which can lead to accidents and serious injury.
Next time you are driving to work remember these simple tips to ensure that you’re taking every precaution necessary to safeguard yourself and your vehicle from sodden leaves and puddles.
1.Drive slowly. Fallen leaves can hide potholes and street markings so drive at a steady speed to avoid nasty surprises. Traction and handling can be adversely affected on wet roads so be wary of your speed and give yourself extra time to brake.
2.Fill up your screen wash. There are always bits of broken leaves and odd pieces of flotsam being blown around outside during this season so ensure you have enough screen wash in your car before you set off. You might need it on the motorway especially, so always be prepared and keep a bottle in the boot.
3.Approach lights slowly. Don’t increase your speed just to get through flashing amber lights. It is safer to drive at a steady pace.
4.Check your wipers. Replace your windscreen blades if they become cracked or broken. If they do not work properly you could be left on a busy street with no way of cleaning rain and hail from your screen.