Fall is always a beautiful time of year here in the Carolinas and as the leaves have almost completely switched colors to a mix of vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and golds we are happy to report that Fall is in full-swing this year! If you’re new to North Carolina or you simply haven’t had a chance to see the leaves change in their full capacity, you should definitely take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway only 1- 2 hours from the Queen City towards Blowing Rock or Boone, NC. Whether you decide to go and see the leaves change or you have to visit family out of town this Fall, we’re fairly certain you’ll be driving to get there and we wanted to share a few Fall driving tips to help make sure you arrive safely.
Use caution when braking. Leaf covered roads are common during the fall time especially in areas where roads are less traveled. Wet leaves can make a road as slippery as ice. Leaves absorb little to no water at all which means after they fall onto the road, they can act as a waxy coated barrier between your tires and the pavement. Do your best to drive slowly, pay attention to road markers, keep extra distance between you and the driver in front of you, and avoid hard braking. If you find yourself beginning to skid, try turning the wheel into the skid just as you would as if you were skidding in snow or ice in order to regain control of your car.
Maintain good eyesight. Have you ever noticed that sun glare is worse during the Fall? After the Autumnal equinox in late September, the sun is at a slightly lower angle in the sky. The angle of the sun during the following chilly months can cause a dangerous glare during the early morning and evening hours while the sun is rising or setting. Since the sun aligns with roads pointing east and west during the peak of hours of the glaring sun, it’s a good idea to plan travels on roadways going North and South to avoid the glare. If the glare cannot be avoided, make sure your windshield is clean, invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses, and use your visor to help keep your travels as safe as possible.
Prepare your vehicle for Fall weather conditions. As with every change in seasons, there are a variety of maintenance checks you should perform in order to make sure your car is capable of traversing the possible. During Fall, it’s important to make sure your tires are properly inflated to compensate for the lost pressure as the temperatures drop. It’s also a good idea to check your battery, wiper blades, lights, and heating/defrost system as these components are crucial for safety reasons as the weather grows colder.
Remembering and practicing the seasonal travel safety tips above can help keep you safe but you should always be cautious of other drivers. We wish you safe and happy travels this Fall but if you find yourself involved in an accident, the Body Works Plus team is here to help.