Autumn is sometimes a hazardous time to drive. It’s at this time of year that the roads begin to become more dangerous due to falling leaves and rainier days. While New Orleans is unlikely to see frost, snow or sleet, it’s just as much a problem to have cooler temperatures than usual. Foggy glass when you get into your car might make it hard to see, and earlier nights make it tougher to get home from work before the sun sets.
If you want to be safe during the seasonal change, then it’s important to understand these changes and what to expect. Here are some tips for being safe throughout autumn and going into winter.
- Be aware of changing weather patterns
While you won’t be seeing snow and ice in most New Orleans falls or winters, you might see hurricanes. Hurricanes are most common between June 1 and November 30, so it’s not unusual to see them at this time. Heavy rain and debris may make it hard to drive, so stay aware of changing conditions and only go out when needed.
- Prepare for cooler evenings
You might have to switch to using your car’s heater on cooler nights, so be aware that your windows may fog up. Always allow them time to adjust to the inside and outside temperatures, so that you’re only driving when you can see clearly.
- Remember to look for slick areas on the roads
It is possible that you could see a few leaf piles or wet puddles on the road. Be prepared to drive slower through those areas, so that you can adapt your driving maneuvers if your vehicle begins to slip or slide.
The change in seasons is a good time to go over these safety tips because the risk is that you may be caught off-guard by changes in weather or temperature. Stay safe as you drive this fall and winter. If you are hit, remember that you have the opportunity to pursue a claim against the other driver whether the collision was a result of unexpected weather conditions or driving errors.