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Fall is here: Beware these seasonal road hazards

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There is a risk of a car accident every time we get behind the wheel. However, certain conditions increase that risk, such as changes in the seasons.

When you are heading out on the road this fall, it can be wise to use caution and watch for these seasonal hazards that could increase the chances of a crash.

Hazard 1: Animals

The coming months see the highest number of animal-related crashes in Illinois. And the most common animals that drivers encounter include:

  • Deer
  • Squirrels
  • Foxes
  • Rabbits
  • Skunks

These animals can be just about anywhere, from rural highways to residential streets, and striking one – or swerving to avoid one – can cause incredible damage.

Hazard 2: Weather conditions

Fall comes with rain, sleet and sometimes snow, all of which make the roads slippery, especially when wet leaves also cover a roadway.

Fog and increasingly early sunsets also affect road safety when they compromise visibility.

It is also important to note that falling leaves can obscure drivers’ visibility and conceal roadway hazards, making it nearly impossible to avoid them.

Hazard 3: Seasonal celebrations

For many Illinoisans, fall is synonymous with football. And at these games, people often drink and get rowdy. They can also get aggressive and confrontational. These behaviors can affect their driving, making them more reckless.

There are also holidays like Halloween, which mean parties, costumes and a lot of pedestrians. Thus, drivers should be alert and sober to prevent accidents that cast a shadow over these celebrations.

Staying safe this season

When you head out on the road this fall, you can reduce your risk of crashing. Slow down if weather conditions are bad; use your headlights and windshield wipers as needed; pay attention so you can avoid any unexpected traffic congestion or object on the road.

It is also crucial to drive sober and always wear your seatbelt.

These measures can protect you from causing an accident. They can also reduce the damage suffered in a crash caused by some other negligent or reckless driver who failed to take the same precautions.