Are you a truck driver? A delivery person? Do you drive all over the state of Pennsylvania for work? If so, Fall driving can be unpredictable because of weather changes and the end of daylight saving time. To be safe and avoid getting hurt at work, please follow these safety tips suggested by AARP:
1. Wet leaves create slippery and dangerous driving conditions. Safety Tip: Avoid patches of wet leaves on the road or on road lines whenever possible.If you cannot maneuver around wet leaves, slow down to avoid slipping and sliding.
2. Dry leaves create a fire hazard and may cause a problem for your vehicle. Safety Tip: Keep away from parking your vehicle near leaf piles to prevent fires that could start from your vehicle's catalytic converter.
3. Daylight savings time is over which means it gets darker earlier reducing visibility on the roads, which can create unfamiliarity even on familiar roads.Safety Tip: Adjust your driving habits by using additional caution and watch out for other road users and road signs that may be more difficult to see.
4. Tire pressure changes with frequent weather and temperature changes.Tires may expand and contract, causing them to lose air pressure. Safety Tip: Check your tire pressure before heading out on the road and make sure tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
5. Watch out for excessive sun glare caused by the reflections off car windows and hoods decreasing your visibility. Safety Tip: Keep a good pair of sunglasses in your car readily available to counter daytime glare.***** Try lenses with anti-reflective coating to reduce glare when night driving can't be avoided.
6. Fall brings frequent rainfall causing decreased visibility and hydroplaning. Safety Tips: Check that your windshield wipers are in good working condition and, when driving on a road with excessive water, slow down and avoid sudden movements with the steering wheel or brake pedal. If you feel like you're floating, do not panic, simply steer straight and gently release the gas pedal until you feel the floating has stopped and the tires make contact with the road surface. *****If you are caught in an especially heavy downpour, pull off the road until it's safe to continue.
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