We have hit that time of the year where you never know when the temperature will shift. It may seem warm during the day but that can change at any moment with surprise Autumn rain.
While Fall does not have the intimidating iciness that Winter brings, there is still a unique set of threats you should be aware of. Here are some safety tips that will keep you and your family safe this season.
We have been seeing a lot of rain lately, and even if it’s not enough to flood, it can still be dangerous on the road. Puddles can lift your wheels just enough to make you lose your steering and hydroplane. Even if there is not enough rain to create puddles, the roads can still be dangerous. If it has been dry for a while, any amount of moisture can pull up oil from the pavement and make it slick. That is why it is important to slow down your driving while it is wet outside.
Besides the water on the ground, water in the air can also pose a threat. We love a chilly, Autumn, morning. It’s cold and crisp, but during these mornings we find ourselves driving to work or school in a thick fog. You may be tempted to use your headlights to cut through the fog but you have to be careful with which setting you use.
High beams will actually worsen your visibility because the bright lights bounce off the fog and back at your car! Instead, check to see if your car is equipped with fog lights. They shine a wide and low beam that is perfect to reveal critters that run into the road.
We also have back-to-school traffic we must adjust to. Kids walking to class or new drivers can cause potential risks. So, remember to keep your eyes peeled whenever you are near a school zone. It only takes a moment of distraction to cause a terrible accident.
Finally, avoid being left on the side of the road by having your car regularly serviced. Using the start of a new season is a great way to remind yourself to schedule routine maintenance.
- Your oil needs to be changed every 6 months.
- A car battery should be changed every 4 years
- Make sure the heater and defroster are in good working condition for the driver’s visibility.
- Replace burned-out bulbs in your headlights.
- Rotate and check your tires for remaining tread life.
By doing these procedures you should be prepared for anything the road throws your way this Fall.
If you do happen to have an emergency then its good to be prepared. Have an emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded in the cold. Inside of your emergency kit should be;
A cellphone, a thick blanket, flashlight or candle, rain poncho, jumper cables, water, granola bar or other snacks, and a first aid kit.
This list will ensure your safety until you can get a hold of a tow truck or get your car started again.
Naturally, safe driving practices are essential no matter the season. However, being aware of these unique autumn threats and knowing these driving safety tips will keep you safe on the road.
The mechanics at Brotherhood Garage can ensure that your car is serviced and maintained, to keep you and your family safe on the road. If you would like to make an appointment, call (405) 265-7617 today.