With the change of season comes falling leaves, rain, and slick roadways, as well as other hazards. Preventing wrecks can require a little extra attention during the fall season. Here are some things to remember to keep you and your family safe:

Children. With many schools back in session, at least part time, children will be catching buses early in the morning, sometimes before day break. Be sure to watch out for school buses and pay particular attention to posted speed limits in school zones.

Darkness. With the changing of the leaves comes earlier sunsets and more night driving hours. Studies have shown that, while only about 25 percent of driving is done at night, more than 50 percent of wrecks occur in the dak. 

Animals. Deer and other animals don’t obey road signs and create driving hazards, especially during the fall months. These animals are often more active at dusk, increasing hazards even more. If you see one deer crossing a road, there may very well be more behind it. Pay attention and slow down when possible to avoid a collision.

Falling Leaves. While turning leaves can make for a scenic view, they can also create hazardous road conditions. In addition to slick roads, keep in mind that other drivers can be distracted by  beautiful scenery.

Fog. As temperatures begin to drop, early morning drivers will encounter more fog (or even frost!) on their commute. Be sure you allow some extra time and pay close attention to the road.

While preventing an automobile wreck is always our first goal, this is not always possible. If you’ve been involved in a wreck because of the negligence of another driver, contact Tammy Bowles Rains for a free consultation.