Thursday, September 1, 2016

Avoid Fall Road Hazards

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures will start cooling off.  The break from the heat will be welcome, I'm sure.  With the cooler temperatures, there will be some hazards you'll want to avoid.
  • Leaf Peepers.  One of my favorite places to go during late September is up American Fork Canyon.  I love to see the contrasts between the greens, reds, oranges, and golds.  However, have you driven up one of the many canyons during the months of September or October and been stuck behind someone too busy looking at the scenery to drive the speed limit?  Or have you been one of those people distracted by the beautiful area we live in?  Be aware of those who are not paying as much attention to the road.
  • Leaf Piles.  Along with the leaf peepers, watch out for piles of leaves, especially wet or damp piles.  Leaf piles can be hiding pot holes or other unseen obstacles.  They can also be slippery.  Take caution, even as you drive around town through fallen leaves.
  • Changing Weather Conditions.  Along with the cooler weather of fall, there will be frost, rain, wind, fog, and sometimes even snow.  If you are caught in one of these weather conditions, play on the side of caution. Test the road and your brakes to be sure that you will arrive safely at your destination.
  • Tire Pressure.  It's always a good idea, regardless of the season, to check your tire pressure regularly.  The changes in weather will often cause your tires to expand and contract.  When checking tire pressure, check it when the tires are cool/cold, perhaps before you leave your home.  The wrong tire pressure can affect gas mileage and the wear and tear on your tires.
  • Deer.  During the fall, deer and other animals are more active.  Be alert and aware as you drive, particularly early in the morning, and at night.
Fall is such a beautiful time of year.  Enjoy it more fully by following the above helpful tips.

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