How To Prepare Your Car For Fall Road Conditions

driving-autumnThe weather is getting chillier, pumpkins are ripe, football season is in full force, and the leaves are beginning to turn. No wonder why fall seems to be everyone’s favorite season!

But a change in weather and foliage means a change in driving conditions. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind this autumn.

  1. Road Hazards: It may not be cold in Texas yet, but we all know that frost and ice are not uncommon, especially in the Dallas area. When driving on icy roads, take it slow and also take caution on bridges. Leaves can also make roads slippery. When they accumulate and get wet, they not only cover up dangers, such as potholes and bumps, but can also cause skidding. If leaves are on your path, slow down and allow enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  2. Check Your Breaks: Speaking of slippery roads, make sure your breaks are in good condition. Take your car to your vehicle’s dealer or a trusted auto shop for a check-up.
  3. Inspect Your Tires: A drop in temperature can cause a drop in your tire pressure. In addition to inspecting your tire pressure, examine the tread and traction, too. When wet leaves and ice are on the roads, you want to ensure your tires in tip-top shape.
  4. Replace Wiper Blades: Wiper blades can easily get clogged with leaves. Cold weather can also take its toll on your blades. Replace them accordingly (experts recommend every six months or every 6,000 miles) and keep them free of debris.

Car safety is crucial throughout the year, not just autumn. Whether you are driving a car, bicycle, motorcycle or commercial vehicle, it’s critical you drive with safety, caution and good judgment.

However, if you or a loved one are injured in an auto accident, contact The VanDeLoo Firm. Founder Amy VanDeLoo is an experienced and highly qualified personal injury lawyer that serves McKinney, Allen, Frisco and McKinney, Texas. Call (972) 200-5080 for a free consultation.