Even though the temps are still high in Kansas City, fall has officially begun. While not traditionally associated with difficult driving conditions, the fall season does have its fair share of hazards that all drivers should be prepared for.

The sun’s glare. Fall is known for accidents caused by sun glare in the morning and evenings, which is why it’s important to approach stop lights and intersections with caution.

Foggy morning commutes. Cool fall mornings can lead to foggy roads, especially near rivers and lakes, which is why it’s smart to slow down and use your headlights when fog is present.

School buses and children on the roads. With school back in session, it’s important to keep an eye out for school buses and pedestrians on the roadways, and always follow posted speed limits, especially in school zones.

Wild animals on the roads. Fall is the time of year when deer mate and migrate, which can easily result in the large animals wandering out onto the road and causing an accident if drivers aren’t careful.

Rainy, wet roadways. Fall is typically a rainy time of year which can make roadways slick. Slow down on rainy days and don’t follow the car in front of you too closely.

Frost-slickened pavement. Because temperatures drop at night during the fall, the roads are sometimes glazed with frost in the morning, which can be dangerous if drivers are going too fast.

Hopefully, with these hazards in mind, you will stay safe behind the wheel this fall. However, if a serious accident does occur, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can protect your rights and help you fight for fair compensation.

Source: Esurance.com, “Dangers of Fall Driving,” Accessed September 22, 2014

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