How to Stay Safe in a Roadside Emergency in the Fall

How to Stay Safe in a Roadside Emergency in the Fall

SSS08008 The fall season brings us football, hearty soups, and beautiful foliage to admire. As the seasons change, our driving habits should too. Car safety tips should be top of mind as you step into your vehicle. Whether you’re just driving to and fr om work, embarking on a road trip, or heading to a vacation spot, be prepared with travel safety tips before you hit the road. Use caution when approaching leaves on the road. While autumn trees set a picturesque scene for us to enjoy as we drive down the road, the colorful leaves can ultimately lead to danger after they fall and scatter across the blacktop. And when the leaves get wet, the traction of your tires is no longer connecting with the road. The slippery leaves covering the road’s surface can cause your car to skid or you to lose control of the vehicle. Use extra caution when driving on a road covered in leaves and give yourself plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. That way, if you need to stop suddenly, you’ll have extra room in the case you do slip, and you’ll be able to avoid the other car. Leaves can also cover the lines on the roads making it difficult to determine how close you are to the other side. Drive carefully and slowly in this case. This is also the season where homeowners and landscapers create leave piles in front of sidewalks and driveways, for trash collection to pick up on the street. Don’t ever get too close to these leaf piles because you can’t see if there is anything besides leaves in the pile. You wouldn’t want to hit something that will ruin your vehicle. Lastly, refrain from parking too close to leaves on the ground. If you park over them, it could be a fire hazard and lead to a spark from your exhaust system or catalytic converter. Keep an eye out for children. School is back in session now, so pay attention to buses and children getting on and off them, especially in the morning and in the afternoon. Halloween is also a time to be on high alert for children when on the roads, from daytime throughout the night. Trick or treaters will be excitedly crossing streets and dancing across sidewalks, so keep your eyes peeled. In addition, the days will be getting shorter, so you’ll have to readjust to driving more frequently in the darkness. On the other hand, the sunrises and sunsets are especially bright during the fall months, so be prepared with sunglasses. Be on the lookout for deer. Fall is known as deer-hunting season in many areas, so be on high alert for these animals running into the road. Take extra caution during dusk and dawn, since these are breeding times for deer. You’re 3.5 times more likely to hit an animal in November than at any other time of the year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states. If you do see a deer about to cross the road, hesitate before continuing as they typically travel in groups and it’s likely more coming. Vehicle Tire Safety Tips Tires with sufficient tread perform better on slippery surfaces, such as wet leaf covered roads. Your car will stop faster and steer better. Have Jack Williams Tire check out your tires to ensure the tread isn’t worn. Having enough air in your tires is just as important as the tread on them. Proper tire pressure allows them to roll smoothly on the road, which insufficient air can lead to a popped tire. Cold weather can also contribute to the loss of tire pressure. Make sure to check them frequently for proper maintenance. Vehicle Maintenance Tips Your tires shouldn’t be the only concern as fall weather approaches. Your windshield wipers and your brakes should be tended to as well to ensure they’re in proper working order. With the foggy mornings, heavy rains, and misty evenings, your windshield wipers are necessary safety devices. Faulty wipers can streak your windshield, making it even more difficult to see. This is due to the worn rubber on the wipers not gripping the glass properly. If you’re experiencing streaking or find that your windshield isn’t being cleared effectively, you should bring your car in to have your windshield wipers replaced. Your braking system should also be checked out as we head into the fall season and will last throughout the winter months if maintained properly now. Make sure your braking system is responsive as soon as you touch the pedal - if it’s not, you’ll need to have your brakes inspected by a professional. This could indicate a leak in the system somewhere. Additional warning signs include pulling, grinding, and vibrating. Jack Williams Tire Services Kick off the autumn season with a trip to Jack Williams Tire & Auto Service Centers to ensure that your vehicle is in top shape. With more than 36 locations throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania to serve you, Jack Williams can provide the right tires, at the right price. Bring your vehicle to one of our many locations for maintenance, from fluid changes to wheel services to inspections. Get your vehicle maintenance for fall today by visiting us at JackWilliams.com or calling us at 1-800-833-5051

September 27, 2019
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