The fall season generally means shorter days, falling leaves and other hazards to watch out for while driving on Pennsylvania roads. You may also have to pay attention to school buses or young students walking to or from school. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to stay safe while traveling during this time of year.
Remain aware of your surroundings
If you drive early in the morning, late in the evening or while it is raining, your visibility will likely be reduced. Therefore, it’s important to reduce your speed, increase your following distance and be vigilant about scanning the road for people, animals or objects. You should also refrain from driving while using a cellphone or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s also never a good idea to roll through a stop sign or go through a traffic control light that is yellow or has just turned red.
Get your car inspected
Wet roads can be a challenge for cars that have old brakes or damaged tires. It may also be tough to stop in a timely manner if roads are covered by leaves or other debris that don’t allow a tire to make proper contact with the road. Traveling in the dark is not smart if your car doesn’t have functioning headlights. Getting your car inspected prior to the fall season can help to ensure that it is capable of reaching destinations without causing a crash that could lead to a personal injury lawsuit.
A motor vehicle accident may result in a concussion, broken bones or other injuries that might have a long-term impact on your life. It may be possible to obtain compensation from an individual who causes an accident while driving an improperly maintained car or truck.