The fall foliage is beautiful and the time of the year where we are out enjoying the autumn colors, but along with the changing leaves comes fall hazard driving conditions. So, before you head out on the road we want to ensure that you are aware of road hazards and provide you with basic tips to stay safe.
- Always keep your windshield clean of leaves.
- Watch for wet leaves on the roads; once leaves are wet they can become slippery and reduce traction and become a driving hazard.
- Park free of leaf piles as these can be a fire hazard against catalyst converters.
- As it gets darker earlier make adjustments be on the lookout, if night vision is a problem, adjust your driving times or find alternate lit routes.
- Fall also brings frost – keep a windshield scraper or small broom in your car and beware of black ice early morning and evening hours.
- Fall weather can present challenges to drivers. Remember when following other drivers, keep your distance. If you are being tailgated, let the other driver pass.
- Take Your Vehicle in for your maintenance and checked by a certified professional: Battery cables, terminals, belts and hoses, air filters, windshield wipers and all fluids, Including: anti-freeze, oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid.
- Check Your Tires. Are there signs of uneven tread wear? That could indicate under-inflation, unbalanced tires or misaligned wheels.
- Check your tire pressure with a gauge at least once a month and regularly inspect the tread depth.
- Your tread will be even more important during the autumn months when wet, dead leaves cover the roadways.
- As we approach shorter days, be sure your headlights, taillights and turn signals are in proper working order and shining at the appropriate levels.
From all of us at Audia Chevrolet, Happy Fall and be safe on the roads.