6 Autumn Driving Hazards

Dangers On The Road


We have looked at driving dangers from the summer as well the spring so now it’s time to identify potential autumn and winter driving hazards. Autumn and Winter months bring with them noticeable changes in both weather and peoples driving habits. These changes in weather coupled with shorter days can cause unexpected driving issues even for the most seasoned of road user. To help you prepare for the change in weather we've got 6 things you need to look out for on the roads over the next couple of months.

6 Autumn Driving Hazard

  1. As strange as it may seem sunshine can cause potential issues at this time of the year. On my morning commute to work I have begun to see the old familiar sight of people saluting the sun on their drive. This is usually a combination of glare from the sun and the angle at a particular time of the day. There are a couple of things to remember at this time of the year.
    • Have clean windscreens.
    • Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car at all times.
    • Give yourself time.
    • Make sure your brake lights are in working order at all times.
    • Remember if you can’t see the brake lights of the car in front chances are the car’s behind can’t see yours either.
    • Finally make sure you take your time at traffic junctions as the colour of the light might be hidden by the glare of the sun at certain times of the day.
  2. As a cyclist, and pedestrian, who has fallen due to leaves on the ground I am always cautious when it comes to the time of the year for the leaves to fall. This should also be the case when you are driving as leaves coupled with rain can make a road extra treacherous. Be careful when coming to a stop or going around corners especially in wooded areas.
  3. Black ice and frost can begin to take hold at this time of the year due to the sudden drops in temperature overnight. Proceed with caution if you need to drive in shaded areas and bridges and pay attention to weather forecasts before heading off on a car journey.
  4. Have you noticed that your tyres can be over-inflated during the summer? Sudden changes can also affect tyre pressure as the temperature outside the tyre affects what happens inside. Well during the winter/autumn they can get under-inflated. Make sure you check your tyre pressure before the colder weather sets in.
  5. With daylight hours getting shorter during autumn/winter you might begin to see an increase in the number of wild animals out around dusk and dawn. In certain parts of the country this can be an issue due to the presence of deer and other woodland creatures. Watch out for signs noting rutting season or the presence of wildlife. The sudden appearance of these animals, coupled with any of the above, could lead to a potential road incident taking place where you may need to call upon your car insurance.
  6. Driver fatigue is an important thing to make note of at all times of the year. Temperatures at this time of the year can lead to the use of heaters in your car which, coupled with long journeys, can lead to potential driver fatigue. Make sure you plan ahead for your trip and to take the necessary precautions where necessary.

The weather during the autumn/winter period can be changeable with glaring sunshine, freezing temperatures and high winds common. Although you can’t prepare for every eventuality make sure you have an emergency kit in your car in case you encounter an issue on your commute.

There are a number of things you need to remember when it comes to driving in autumn/winter but perhaps the one thing to focus on is that you "drive slow, drive safe". Make sure you have your car insurance up to date and that you are covered in case you encounter any issues on the road. If you are unsure if you have break down assist or if you are covered for different eventualities you should contact your insurer to go through the details of your cover.