safe drivingSafe driving is crucial year-round, but here in New England, the fall can create some hazardous road conditions. The days are shorter, the nights darker, and leaves blanket the roads. The following are some safe driving tips for this time of year:

  • Wet leaves can increase the risk of an accident. Drive slowly and cautiously while on a road that is blanketed with leaves, especially when wet. Doubling the speed of your car can nearly quadruple the amount of time required to stop safely.
  • Buckle up. This holds true for any time of year. If you don’t currently do so, start making a point to do so and before you know it, it will become a habit.
  • Use your lights. Lights aren’t always necessary for your ability to see better, but instead allows other cars to see you coming. Use your high-beams on dark side roads when there is no oncoming traffic.
  • School is in session so be on the lookout for children, especially when near bus stops and school zones.
  • With it getting darker earlier, be aware of joggers and people walking their dogs on the side of the road.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife. Scan the sides of the road while driving. Often you will be able to see the reflection of your headlights in an animal’s eyes. This can give you enough time to slow down or even come to a stop if it jumps into or crosses the road. According to the AAA, collisions with animals resulted in 2,083 fatal crashes and 2,194 fatalities between 2001-2011 nationwide. If a collision can’t be avoided, apply brakes firmly and remain in your lane.
  • Stay on top of weather alerts. Here in New England, the saying goes: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” Extreme weather patterns are not uncommon. Be prepared for rain and even snow this time of year.
  • Make sure to have your washer fluid tank full and new wiper blades  on your vehicle.
  • As always, put the phone down. There are enough distractions on the road and your phone should never be one of them. Never text while driving and if you need to make a phone call, pull over to do so.

Staying mindful of these safe driving tips will help to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

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