There is much to love about autumn, from the season’s first early morning frost to the new warm hues of nature’s changing colour palette. But the arrival of autumn also brings additional hazards to the roads – some obvious, others less so. Be prepared for these challenges by mulling over our list of autumn driving safety tips, as well as advice on how to handle other common seasonal issues.We've put together just some things to look out for to ensure you're safe on the road this autumn.
One of the best ways to ensure you’re safe on the road is to look after your tyres. Pressure and tread depth is something you can check once a month to improve your safety and to avoid those hefty fines if your tyres don't reach the minimum level. Click here to find out more.
You don't need to wait for winter to arrive before checking your antifreeze. A frozen engine will put a halt on all driving and could leave you with a large bill. There are different types of antifreeze and mixing them up could cause some major damage to your engine. Your handbook will detail the type of antifreeze you should use for your car.
The sun has starts to lower during the season of autumn, this means that there is the potential for hazardous driving conditions. This along with wet roads and mucky windscreens can reduce your visibility. To improve your visibility you should keep your windscreen clean and to replace windscreen wipers if they're worn or are a couple of years old.
The darker nights are slowly arriving and the weather will become more dull and foggy so the use of our headlights will be more frequent. Check on a regular basis that all of your car lights are working. These would include: indicators, headlights, fog lights, brake lights and rear lights.
Around 74,000 deer are hit by cars every year. Hitting a deer is likely to cause a serious accident and major damage to your car. So, it is always a good idea to watch your speed when you are driving through the countryside. Where there is likely to be deer around there are road signs warning you so it is best to slow down when you spot these.
Be careful when you are driving over a patch of leaves as these can almost be as bad as black ice. When the leaves are wet they become a slippery surface so if you drive over these at speed an accident is likely to occur.
So in conclusion, drive as normal but just use some common sense. If you have any questions about the safety of your vehicle through the autumn contact our Aftersales team.