Every time we get behind the wheel, we are putting ourselves in at least some risk of getting into an accident. And of course, not every accident will be a serious one, but it is still critical to recognize the risks that come with operating a complex machine weighing thousands of pounds.
There is no safe time of year for driving, either. Every season comes with its share of hazards that can put drivers in danger of getting into an accident. In the fall, for instance, the following factors can put Pennsylvania motorists at an increased risk of collision.
Deer and other large animals
Drivers in this state have a 1 in 63 chance of hitting a deer, moose, elk or caribou, according to recent statistics. Only two other states have a higher risk of such an event. And Pennsylvania is ranked first in terms of projected accidents involving deer.
It may be cooler, but it’s not winter yet, which means kids are still running around and playing outside in droves. And fall holidays like Halloween only increase the likelihood of young people being out on sidewalks and streets, not to mention the fact that many children still walk to and from school during the fall months.
The days are getting shorter and shorter, which means going to or from work will happen in the dark for many people. Combine falling leaves, rain and fogged windows with the darkness and drivers can have a difficult time seeing as clearly as they could during the summer.
Important precautions every motorist must take
To avoid collisions involving animals, children and poor visibility, drivers would be wise to take the following precautions.
- Make sure your headlights, tail lights and brake lights work.
- Clear your windshield of debris before every trip.
- Slow down in residential areas and areas where children may be present.
- Slow down when road conditions are less than ideal.
- Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions at all times.
- Do not drive if you’ve been drinking.
These basic tips can help you avoid fall-related car crashes and get to where you’re going safely.