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Fall Driving Safety Tips for Maryland Drivers

Fall Driving Safety Tips for Maryland Drivers

car along country road during the fall

Fall means brightly colored landscapes around Maryland, the return of all things pumpkin spice-scented, and football. Unfortunately, it can also mean unique challenges when it comes to driving conditions. In the following post, we provide an overview of easy to implement safe driving tips for fall meant to keep Maryland drivers from dangerous situations.

Here are six things that require special attention this season:

1) Driving in the Rain

Fall in Maryland often means an uptick in storms, including hurricanes and nor’easters, which can bring torrential rain and flooding. Be mindful of slippery roads and flood roads

How to Handle This Situation:

When in doubt, slow down and turn around; do not try to ford a flooded area.

2) Sunlight During the Morning and Evening Commute

Because of daylight savings time approaching, the sun will be rising later and setting earlier during peak traffic times, glare becomes an issue.

How to Handle This Situation:

  • Invest in a good set of polarized sunglasses.
  • Use turn signals
  • Use your vehicle’s built-in visors to help cut down on the glare
  • Keep your windows clean and smooth

3) Driving in the Fog

As a result of bigger temperature changes during mornings and evenings, fog may develop and impair driving conditions.

How to Handle This Situation:

  • Switch on your running lights and low beams to make your car known to other drivers
  • Avoid using your high beams, which reflect back on the fog
  • Maintain greater distance between you and other vehicles while driving

foggy road

4) Fall Foliage on Roadways

Fallen leaves on the road create a slipping threat that could cause you to lose control of your car.

How to Handle This Situation:

  • Ensure your car’s tires are properly inflated before leaving home and inspect for worn treads; replace if needed
  • Slow down on roads that are leaf covered

5) Children

Schools being back in session and the nicer weather leads to more kids likely being out and near roadways.

How to Handle This Situation:

  • Slow down on roads where there are likely a lot of pedestrians present
  • Avoid being distracted by things like your phone or audio system
  • Keep your car’s audio at a reasonable level so you can hear what is happening around you

6) Deer

With it being deer mating season and other wildlife getting ready for winter, you will want to be especially mindful as you drive through areas bordered by forests.

How to Handle This Situation:

  • Proceed with caution in these areas and slow down, if needed
  • Be vigilant and know that deer travel in packs; spotting one often means there will be others nearby

deer running across road

Get Expert Help from an Auto Accident Attorney

Even with the best preparation accidents can still occur. Should you become involved in an auto accident this fall, work with an experienced car accident lawyer who can ensure you get a just outcome. Call our Downtown Baltimore or Dundalk offices to request a case consultation. Alternatively, use our online contact form and our team will be in touch shortly.