Each summer, during daylight saving time, everyone sets their clocks one hour forward so we can all enjoy more daylight. But when autumn rolls around, daylight saving time comes to an end, meaning drivers need to be extra cautious while driving in the evening.
During the fall and winter months, the days get shorter which makes evening driving that much more dangerous. Keep these factors in mind to ensure your safety.
· Visibility: Make sure all the lights on your vehicle are clean and in good working condition so you can see your surroundings and others can see you. It’s also paramount to have good wiper blades for adverse weather conditions.
· Speed: Your headlights can only illuminate so far in front of you. The faster you’re going, the less likely you are to be able to see and stop in front of imminent danger. Keep in mind that most speed limits are meant for clear conditions during the day, so reduce your speed accordingly.
· Tire Tread: Many drivers invest in new tires during the fall and winter months for a reason. The more tread you have on your tire, the quicker you’ll be able to stop your vehicle.
· Driver Fatigue: Driving while tired is far more dangerous than many would guess. It becomes even more dangerous when it’s dark as drivers are more susceptible to falling asleep at the wheel.
· Distractions: Being distracted at the wheel is always dangerous, but even more so when there is less visibility. For this reason, Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has initiated a “DNT TXT N DRV” campaign to combat distracted driving.
· Pedestrians: Although there are fewer pedestrians after daylight saving time, the ones that remain are more difficult to see. The reduced visibility requires drivers to pay even closer attention. Hupy and Abraham, S.C. is passionate about pedestrian awareness and is dedicated to reducing fatalities, which are rising on a national scale.
Fall can be a very pleasant time of year. For those who don’t enjoy the dog days of summer or the bitter cold of winter, the autumn months provide the ideal balance. But as the days get shorter, drivers need to be extra mindful of their surroundings to compensate for the reduced visibility.