Improving Roadway Safety During the Fall Season
Fall is notable for many things—football, chilly mornings that turn into hot afternoons, and, of course, heading back into the classroom for kids of all ages. However, this seasonal change may also come with its own set of roadway hazards.
Improving roadway safety does not have to be challenging. Here are three simple things you can do to have an easier time on the roads this season.
1. Share the Road with Buses and Large Trucks
The back to school season will have you seeing a lot more of those infamous yellow school buses on the road, but did you know that truck crashes increase from August to October? When crops are being harvested at the start of September, large trucks are a crucial cornerstone of the agricultural industry, making cross-country trips with heavy cargo. This can often cause an influx of accidents, as delivery deadlines and heavier trailers can impact the way a trucker drives.
For the safest driving experience during this high traffic time, be mindful when sharing the road. Both buses and trucks have a larger blind spot than the average passenger car, so use caution when merging or changing lanes.
2. Be Aware of Changing Road Conditions
St. Louis weather patterns during fall can be all over the place. From mild temperatures to heavy rainfall or even snow, it is best for all drivers to be prepared for any kind of weather anomaly. If you are teaching a child how to drive during this season, give them a detailed list of what to do in severe weather conditions, like:
- Find a safe, covered spot to pull over for hail or high winds. This should not be under an overpass.
- Keep both hands on the wheel, and avoid unnecessary lane changes.
- To improve focus when driving in rain or icy conditions, decrease distractions by storing your phone and turning down the radio volume.
3. Adjust Your Settings for Low Visibility
Fall is often the time of year when fog is more present, which can make seeing even five feet in front of your car more challenging. Drivers in rural areas may feel the effects of this more than those who take the interstate to work, but regardless of your commute, avoid using high beams when fog is present. Instead, use the low setting or “fog lights” that are equipped on most vehicles.
How Our St. Louis Attorneys Can Help
The new season should be a time to celebrate the weather cooling down, not a time to become injured on the roads. However, sometimes even when we take all the necessary precautions, a negligent driver may cause a collision.
If you or a loved one is seeking legal representation following an accident that left you with an injury, contact the team at Kolker Law Firm today. You can schedule a free consultation by calling (314) 684-8285 or filling out this short form.