Driving safely is something we should be doing year-round, but as the seasons change so do the hazards we look out for. Some things to watch out for in the fall include: school changes, fallen leaves, and the autumn equinox.

Now that school is back in session, keep an eye out for increased pedestrian traffic as well as school buses and school zones.

Mid month the Aspens will begin to turn to gold, so start watching out for fallen leaves. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice, but even dry leaves can be dangerous. Road hazards like debris and potholes can be hidden by leaves as well as road markers and lane lines. 

An often overlooked event in September is the Autumn Equinox. We lose 1-2 minutes of daylight each day after the autumn equinox, so your normal morning and evening commutes will become gradually darker after September 23rd. Plan accordingly, including giving your eyes 2-5 minutes to adjust to the lower light. That’s not the only hazard relating to the equinox. During the days near the equinox (both before and after), the sun lines up with streets running east and west causing increased sun glare for about a half hour after sunrise and before sunset. Keep your windows clean and a pair of sunglasses handy to prevent impaired vision.

Contact us at Zzona Insurance for more information on save driving and your auto insurance needs.

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