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Oct. 27, 2015

Falling Rain and Leaves Can Make for a Dangerous Drive
Motorists should know steps to take to stay safe

LYNCHBURG – Fall is a time of cooler temperatures, beautifully-colored trees, and perhaps, a less-than-perfect drive.

Changing weather is just one of the elements that can face motorists in the fall season. The weather can change rapidly from bright and sunny to cold, wet and gloomy. The hours of sunlight are fewer. Sometimes, cold mornings lead to foggy conditions, particularly in hilly terrain and near bodies of water. What does this mean for motorists?

All of this means that driving can be dangerous. Wet leaves or frost may lead to slick road surfaces. Fog may limit visibility. Encounters with deer may be more frequent.

What can you do to keep yourself and others safe? Here are a few tips:

  • Slow down and keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Use your low beam headlights so you don’t create additional glare.
  • Clear leaves and frost from your windshield to increase visibility.
  • Remember that frost on your windshield could mean frost on the roadway. Be particularly alert on bridges and overpasses.
  • Watch out for wildlife, especially in the early morning and evening hours.
  • Check and maintain your tire pressure.

The bottom line is drive safely.



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