Driving Tips for Fall
Fall is here – football has started, the leaves will soon begin to change colors, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but this is also one of the busiest times of the year for truckers. We have some tips for fall driving that can help ensure your safety and the safety of those around you! Grocery stores are stocking up for winter. Retail stores are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. At the same time, days are getting shorter which means less daylight and wildlife is on the move. To ensure everyone’s safety during this busy and potentially dangerous season, follow these tips.
Tips for fall #1: watch the road! – Depending on what part of the country you are travelling, deer, elk, and moose are more active during the fall. These animals can cause serious injury or even death if drivers do not pay attention to them. Be aware of areas where wildlife is active and be observant of animal crossing signs as these signs will indicate where to take extra caution while driving. If an animal were to jump in front of your vehicle, only brake if you can maintain control of your truck and trailer.
Tips for fall #2: look out for leaves! – Wet leaves can cause the road to become very slippery and hazardous. These leaves can also cover other hazards such as potholes or frost which can both cause harm to you or your vehicle. Slow down when you get to an area with leaves covering the roadway if possible.
Tips for fall #3: plan for the dark! – Days are becoming shorter which means nights are getting longer. The amount of time you have to drive in daylight is shortened. To remain safe in the dark, increase your following distance to the car in front of you and inspect your headlights frequently to make sure they are working properly.
Tips for fall #4: check for harvest equipment! – Fall season and harvest season go hand in hand. Large semi-trucks have to share the road with large farm equipment such as tractors and combines. To avoid an accident, give farm equipment as much space as possible on the road. Be patient when attempting to pass them. Even though heavy farm equipment moves slower, don’t risk a head-on collision just to get around.
Fall is a fun and busy time! To ensure a safe time, follow the tips for fall above and keep everyone safe on the road. If you have any questions about your insurance coverages, call Bobtail Insurance Group today!