Fall is usually a beautiful time of year. However, it’s also a time when many drivers and pedestrians alike get injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others safe on the roads this fall.
What type of accidents are most common during the fall?
One of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur during the fall is a rear-end collision. Hit-and-runs are also relatively common as drivers may be in a hurry to get to their destination and fail to stop at the scene of an accident. Pedestrian accidents tend to increase during the fall months due to the fact that there are more people out and about, often without paying attention to their surroundings.
Avoiding motor vehicle accidents
As a driver, first and foremost, always obey the speed limit. Fall leaves can obscure road markings and make it difficult to see potential hazards, so it’s important to give yourself extra time to react. Secondly, be sure to use your headlights, even during the daytime. This may help you see better and also make it easier for other drivers to spot you. Third, keep a close eye out for pedestrians, especially near schools and in crosswalks. Additionally, since the days are getting shorter, it’s a good idea to make sure your headlights and taillights are in working order.
As a pedestrian, always be aware of your surroundings and be cautious when crossing the street. Pay attention to traffic signals and only cross when it’s safe to do so. If you’re walking at night, wear light-colored clothing and/or reflective gear to make yourself more visible. Also, try to stay on well-lit streets and avoid shortcuts through dark, empty parking lots.
It’s true that it’s not always possible to avoid motor vehicle accidents. However, by following the tips above, you can help to reduce your risk of being involved in one. Drive safely this fall and be sure to look out for yourself and others on the road.