Autumn Driving Tips
Tuesday was the first day I had to scrape ice of the windscreen and thus thought it would be a good idea to put out our autumn blog to ensure that you are ready for motoring in the up-coming months?
Autumn brings different problems to the motoring public but there is nothing like a beautiful autumn day when it is cold and crisp and the autumn sun is at full strength. However, during the early mornings and evenings, when the sun is low, it can be difficult to see through dirty, smeary windows and you need to keep the windscreen and side windows as clean as possible and clear of marks. Ensure your windscreen washer bottle is full and you have cleaned the inside of your windows and keep some window wipes in your car, so that you can stop and quickly clean them should visibility become unclear. A pair of sunglasses kept in the car can also help should the sun get below the sun visor.
Ensure your battery is not too old, as the evenings draw in quickly and coming out from work at 6pm and finding your battery is flat, it’s getting cold and you are going to have to find someone to help you jump start it or wait for the vehicle recovery people is not a pleasant thought after a long day at work.
For those of you who live in the country and especially those who live near forest and heath, the deer are becoming more of a problem. If you see one deer, there are probably several more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out. Should you hit one, pull over to the side of the road and call the police or highways agency. Don’t forget to put your hazard lights on and get out of your car, put on a high viz jacket and wait by the side of the road. Do not approach an injured deer.
Leaves are a big problem in the autumn months (more so for the railways than cars!) but be wary, they can hide potholes and ruts in the road as well as be slippery for tyres which are very worn. Remember you need a 3mm tread on all your tyres and the pressure should be at the recommended psi.
Ice and frost becomes more persistent later on in autumn and you may want to watch the weather forecast to ensure you are up early enough to clear your window before work or the school run. Mist can be a problem in the early mornings and during the night. Ensure your lights are clean and when driving at dusk, switch them on as soon as the sun starts to set. It can be easy to forget and not realise how hard it is for other road users to see you in falling light levels.
But the main thing is to enjoy the autumn colours, the cold crisp mornings, bonfire night and the hazy sunshine, and be safe.