How to drive safely in the autumn?
Autumn is a time of the year when the weather can vary significantly: you can experience heavy rain and strong sunshine within hours. ALD Automotive offers these tips for safe driving in these specific conditions.
Take your car for review:
One of the most important things to do is to make sure everything is working properly in the vehicle. However, coming the autumn, you need to pay special attention to certain elements such as lights, brushes and windshield wipers (which may have been affected by high temperatures during the summer) and tires.
Know what the weather will be like in the area where you will drive:
Since in the coming months the weather conditions can be very changing, it is advisable that, before starting on a road trip, know how the climate will be in the area.
The danger of the leaves:
One of the main characteristics of autumn is the fall of the leaves of the trees which, although offering postcards worthy landscapes, can be a real threat to cars. Dry or wet leaves can provoke the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Therefore, when we arrive at a road with a lot of leaves, we must reduce the speed and try to follow the mark left by other cars.
Beware of the puddles:
Even when it has stopped raining, be careful with the puddles and try to drive along the central part of the road, where puddles are less likely to form. However, if you need to go through them, avoid removing the foot from the accelerator and cross the area with constant speed, thus preventing water from entering the exhaust and causing damage to the vehicle.
Beware of the animals on the road:
Statistics reveal a considerable increase in animal movement during the fall, especially at sunrise and sunset. Many car accidents occur when a car tries to avoid the collision with an animal too late or when it drives fast and suddenly brakes.
Perhaps the strongest recommendation you can take is to drive responsibly, complying with road safety regulations that would allow you to not only protect yourself and you passengers, but also those around you.
BONUS: Tips for driving in heavy rain
In autumn we start to experience more and more rains that present specific driving conditions as well. The mixing of water with dust and grease on the road makes it slippery, causing many accidents.
ALD Automotive wants to offer its drivers a series of tips to make driving in rain as safe as possible:
Turn on the lights. During rainy episodes, it is very important for the rest of the drivers to notice our presence. In the case of heavy rain it is obligatory to drive with the lights on. The front fog lights can be lit, but not the rear. If the rain is extremely intense, both front and rear fog lights can be lit.Reduce speed and increase safety distance. It is advisable to reduce the speed by about 10%, since, at higher speeds the visibility will be reduced
Reduce speed and increase safety distance. It is advisable to reduce the speed by about 10%, since, at higher speeds the visibility will be reduced.
Beware of Aquaplaning. Aquaplaning occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs. When noticing puddles on the road or rafts, it is advisable to slow down, but not stop. In case of aquaplanning, the best maneuver is to hold the steering wheel tightly and not change the path of the vehicle, until the tire again contacts the surface.
Keep the windshield wipers in good condition. Although it is a recommendation that may be obvious, before the first signs of wear – make sure to replace the wipers.