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Fall is one of the most beautiful times to be outside: the leaves are changing colors and falling, the weather is getting cooler, and the air smells extra fresh. However, this season also brings its own things to remember while you’re driving. Here are 4 tips for driving safely this fall.

1. Keep your sunglasses close at hand.

It’s going to start getting dark earlier in the day, but the sun glare will still be present during the day. The 15-45 minutes before sunset and after sunrise are the most brutal; the sun will directly align with roadways going east to west, causing it to be even brighter than usual. Because of this, you’re going to want some good quality sunglasses. Also, make sure that your windshield is free and clear of any residue. The dirt could potentially attract and scatter light, making the glare even worse.

2. Oh, deer! Watch out for wildlife.

It is officially deer season, so the deer will be out and wandering near roadways. The last thing you want is to hit one on the road. As it starts getting darker earlier, keep your eyes open for deer, particularly around sunrise and sunset. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon as it turns twilight outside, be extra watchful for deer.

3. Braking on leaves can be very dangerous.

Fallen leaves can be just as slick as ice. If your tires are beginning to wear out, your risk of hydroplaning increases. When fall starts approaching, make sure that your tires are in good enough shape to carry you safely. Additionally, allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you, just as you would in bad weather. Leaves may be gorgeous, but they’re something to be cautious of this fall. 

4. Make sure to remind yourself about driving safely in rain.

In many places, fall is one of the rainiest seasons of the year. The existing slickness of the leaves is multiplied by rain. If you mix the two, you create a huge safety hazard. As you’re driving on leaf-covered roads, brush up on things to do to stay safe while driving in the rain. Ultimately, make sure you’re as alert as possible when the weather gets rough.

At Wave Express, our priority is the safety of our drivers. As fall gets closer, remember these tips to keep yourself and others around you safe.