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Fall Driving Tips for Georgia Roads

October and November are peak leaf-viewing months in Georgia.  The brilliant colors of the trees at Red Top Mountain State Park are well worth the drive, or you may choose to take pictures of trees along the Chattahoochee River.  
 
However fall isn't just about brilliant colors. As weather and road conditions change, there is an increased chance of serious Georgia traffic accidents. The following fall driving safety tips will help keep you safe as you enjoy the cooler air and the beautiful colors of fall.
 
Fall Traffic Safety Tips
 
• Watch for leaves on the road.
 
When leaves accumulate on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery.  Driving on wet leaves is similar to driving on ice - it reduces the car’s traction, causes skidding and the possibility of losing control of the vehicle.  Leaves often cover the painted road markings obscuringpotholes, bumps and the locations of the lanes.  If there are leaves on the road, slow down and allow yourself plenty of stopping distance.
 
Children enjoy jumping, burrowing, hiding and playing in leaf piles.  So, never drive through a leaf pile and use caution going around turns and where children are playing.
 
Never park your vehicle over a pile of leaves as there is a possibility of a fire hazard from the exhaust system or catalytic converter. 
 
Finally, keep your windshield leaf-free and pull out leaves that get  stuck under the windshield wiper blades so they don’t obstruct your vision.
 
• Plan for wet weather conditions.
 
In the South, fall means rain. In some areas, there may be fog. When driving in fog, set your headlight to low beam. This will aim the beam of light down towards the roadway.
 
Replace your windshield wiper blades if they show any signs of wear.
 
Keep an emergency car safety kit in your vehicle. This will also be useful in the winter.
 
• Adjust for Fewer Hours of Daylight.
 
Remember, the sun is setting earlier.  Although it is dark, children may still be riding their bicycles, adult may be jogging, and commuters may be walking home.   Take extra care to watch for children and pedestrians. 
 
Make sure your headlights are clean, properly aligned and in working order.
The sun may be setting or rising during your commute. The low angle means the sun may be in your eyes and may cause glare. Always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle.
 
• Watch for deer.
 
If you live in an area where there are deer, drive extra carefully.  Fall is breeding is breeding and migration season and deer are on the move. If you see deer, slow down and try blinking your lights.  Do not honk, they may run straight into your vehicle if startled. Deer car crashes can be deadly.
 
Enjoy the fall, the beautiful foliage and the taste of pumpkin lattes, but drive safely.
 
These safe driving tips are brought to you by The Law Offices of Shane Smith. Atlanta car accident attorney Shane smith represents victims of car crashes throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.  If you have been injured in an Atlanta car accident and need help getting compensation for your injuries, property damage and other losses, contact Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.
 
To learn more about the rights of Georgia accident victims, download our free guide, “10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.”


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia