Autumn is a beautiful time in Illinois with leaves changing color, crisper air and days becoming shorter. Although all of those things are nice, driving during this season carries certain risks. You can stay safer by using these tips while on the road.

Driving in the dark

Because the days start growing shorter in the fall, you might be driving in the dark more often. To stay safe, make sure that your vehicle is in good working condition. Clean your headlights and have them replaced if they’re broken. Keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially children walking to and from their bus stops, and be mindful of wildlife trying to cross the road.

Check your tires and beware of ice

As the temperature grows colder, your tires can lose pressure. Regularly check them to ensure that they are inflated enough and have them replaced if they’re worn. As the fall progresses and the weather grows even colder, there’s more likelihood of frost forming on the roads. These icy conditions are dangerous and could lead to a collision. Be especially wary of black ice, and slow your speed on chilly days.

Be careful in wet weather

Like frost, rain can make the roads slippery and pose danger for drivers. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in good working condition and replaced the blades if they’re worn. You should have adequate windshield wiper fluid as well.

While driving in wet weather, slow down, and give extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead. This gives you ample time to stop when necessary. If you’re driving in a rainstorm, avoid slamming on your brakes, and instead, ease your foot off the gas to slow down to avoid hydroplaning.

Driving in fog

Foggy weather is more common in the fall and can diminish visibility for drivers. Use your low beams instead of high beams so that you can see better while driving. Again, keep your speed lower and provide plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

These are some tips that can help you drive more safely during the fall season.

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