Although a car accident can happen at any time of the year, fall poses unique risks to Tennessee drivers. Weather changes, a decrease in daylight, and an increase in animal activity create more dangers for drivers at this time of year. It’s important to understand these causes and how you can prevent an accident before it happens.
Why Accidents Increase in the Fall
As a responsible driver, you know how important it is to stay alert, obey all traffic laws, and drive defensively all year round. However, during the transition from summer into fall, it’s crucial to be extra cautious. More accidents occur because of:
- Weather. During fall and winter, Tennessee sees rain, snow, fog, hail, wind, and ice. All of these can make driving riskier. If a driver is not paying enough attention to hazardous road and weather conditions, a devastating accident could occur.
- Daylight. In the fall, the days get darker earlier, and some people forget to turn on their headlights. Since your body uses the light to help keep time—telling you when to sleep and wake up—the daylight is important. Changes in daylight can throw off a driver’s internal clock and have been linked to an increase in fatal accidents.
- Animals. Deer activity and deer-related accidents increase in the fall. The Tennessee government advises drivers to be extra cautious, especially at times when the light is low (dawn and sunset).
You Can Avoid a Fall Accident
Because accidents are more likely to occur in the fall, here are some tips to help prevent crashes during the autumn season:
- Slow down and keep your distance. The fall presents some unique driving hazards, including new school bus drivers, less daylight in the morning, and early-morning fog. Slow down and keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others, so you have enough time to react. Additionally, drive slower in areas where deer are more likely to cross the road.
- Use and maintain your vehicle wisely. Because you may face foggy mornings in the fall, keep your headlines on low when driving. High beams cause glare and make driving in fog more difficult. Also, clear all frost from your windows and side mirrors. Drivers face reduced visibility and response time if their windows are frosted over. Additionally, you should check your car tires. They will likely expand and contract due to the rapid changes in fall weather. These changes from warm to cold can lead to a loss of pressure.
- Be mindful of wet leaves. The foliage in the fall may be beautiful to look at, but it can distract drivers and increase the risk of an accident. More importantly, the fall is often a rainy season that brings down those leaves to cover the pavement. Wet leaves are slippery, and driving on them can be as dangerous as driving on ice. The weight of your vehicle can’t compress the leaves to provide you with enough traction. Rather, the top layer of leaves clings to your tires, and turning or braking becomes riskier because your tires become coated.
When You Need Personalized Legal Representation
After a fall car accident, you may be injured, out of work, and worried about the damage to your vehicle. The legal team at the Holton Law Firm is here and ready to put decades of experience to work for you. Start a live online chat on our website to discuss your case.