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Vigilance for fall driving

After a long summer, many Florida residents enjoy the respite that fall provides. Mild temperatures bring colorful leaves, pumpkin patches and apple cider. However, autumn also welcomes some hazardous driving conditions. For example, those bright and colorful leaves can make driving conditions slippery and hide traffic lines.

The fall season also increases the likelihood of fog. Areas surrounded by hills, water, mountains and trees will see the most fog because the chilly temperatures of fall make fog more likely in such areas. To improve visibility, many drivers use the high beams on their vehicles when driving through fog. This can be a big mistake. Instead, drivers should use their low beams because high beams tend to bounce off of the fog and create a glare.

In many areas, drivers will likely see an increase of deer dashing across roadways. Deer entering a road is often sudden and unexpected. Since the fall is mating and migration season for deer, motorists should drive with extra vigilance if they live in an area where deer sightings are likely.

The positive associations of fall should not get obscured by the increased risks of autumn driving. However, drivers may want to consider that weather changes often bring environmental changes, and everyone should stay alert to these factors. A victim of a car accident may want to retain a personal injury attorney. If another party caused the crash, one could collect damages. Personal injury attorneys handle car crash claims, and they can best evaluate a case to determine whether the other driver is liable for a client's injuries.

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