Autumn is the perfect time of year to embrace change. Schoolchildren are moving up a year, the nights are drawing in and the leaves are changing colour and falling from the trees.
While it is undoubtedly true that there is much to admire and enjoy about autumn, many of the changes, particularly those in the weather, pose new and dangerous problems.
How can I avoid being the victim of a road traffic accident in autumn?
The third season brings with it all manner of problematic hazards for motorists to counteract. These include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Falling leaves
- Increased levels of rainfall
- Increased frequency and strength of winds and breezes
- Sunsets and sunrises around rush hour times
As a matter of fact, statistics from the Department of Transport (DoT) reveal that, each year, accidents on the road increase by an average of 15% in October.
The number of car crashes, motorcycle accidents etc. suffered in October is approximately 21% higher than the figures for similar road incidents in August, which clearly demonstrates that drivers and cyclists are simply not adapting quickly enough to the changing conditions.
Even more alarmingly, the DoT revealed that car crash fatalities also rise around 14% above the monthly average each October.
How can I avoid a serious incident on the road in autumn?
The safety advice for driving in the autumn months is as simple as it is essential:
- Go slower than you otherwise might do. Remember that summer has gone, the roads may no longer be dry and fallen leaves may well have added to the slippery nature of the surface. It’s better to be late than not arrive at all.
- Remember to use your lights. This is especially important once the clocks change again and the evenings start to darken quicker.
- Have a pair of sunglasses handy. These can prove to be vital when it comes to blocking or shielding the setting or rising sun and preventing a nasty car accident.
If you do suffer an accident on the road, be it during autumn or at any other time of year, it’s important to remember that, if the incident wasn’t your fault, you may well be due some car accident compensation.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can give you invaluable insight into your case as they assess and advise you on your accident claim.
Date Published: September 4, 2013
Author: David Brown