Fall is here and so are changing driving conditions.  While a good driver is always diligent about their driving safety, it is beneficial at this time of year to make sure you are focused on some key safety items.  Unpredictable fall weather, the time change, and falling leaves can pose hazards to drivers so get a head start on your vehicle safety by reviewing our fall weather driving tips this month.

Road Traction and Braking

Road surfaces can become slippery in fall weather, due to wet leaves on the road or early morning and evening precipitation.  Besides slippery road surfaces, deer tend to be more active in the fall.  If you encounter these conditions, you want your tires to perform at their best and keep good traction on the road.

In addition to having good traction, you want to make sure that your brakes are in good working condition to stop your vehicle, especially if a deer darts out in front of your vehicle.

Maintain traction and braking power:

  • Check your tires for tread wear and balding. If you notice excessive wear or balding, replace your tires.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated properly – cooler temperatures may alter your air pressure.  Always consult with your tire manufacturer for specific pressure guidelines.
  • If your brakes are making noises during operation, it’s advisable to get them checked.
  • Brake pads and rotors may wear down over time with overuse or road wear.

Visibility and Temperatures

Fall weather tends to be unpredictable, especially when the cooler evening temperatures mix with warmer day time temperatures.  These extremes may create fog, or “steaming” of the windshield which make it harder to see.  Additionally, the time change in the fall brings on darker late afternoons.  When driving, you should always adjust speed and pay attention during foggy or low visibility conditions.

Maximize your visibility:

  • Keep your front, rear, and side windows clean. They may get filmy from summer weather and can create a hazard when you need to see.  Use a good ammonia-based glass cleaner and a lint-free, microfiber cloth.  Clean the inside thoroughly as well as the outside of the windows to remove streaks, film, and grime.
  • Inspect your windshield wipers on the front and back windows. If they are cracked or worn, replace them and make sure to replenish your wiper fluid.
  • If you are experiencing issues with your defroster, have it checked by a service professional. You may need to use the defrost when the inside of the windows steam up, or you are trying to remove outside frost from the windshield.
  • If you don’t have one, purchase an ice scraper with a brush, so that you can clear your windows of any early morning frost.
  • Inspect your front and rear lights to make sure they are lit and aimed correctly.

Make the time today to get your vehicle ready for the seasonal change.  You will be glad that you got a jump start on the changing weather conditions.  If you don’t have the time, then contact one of our service professionals at Campus Repair and we will go over your vehicle to make sure it is safe for the onset of fall.  Put safety first and you will enjoy this great time of year!