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Top Four Fall Driving Hazards and How to Handle Them

ERIE, Pa., Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The fall season brings many things: changing leaves, cooler temps and shorter days. But other signs of fall could pose a danger to motorists. Wet leaves, fog and frost are just a few of the driving hazards to watch out for.

Watch out for driving hazards during the fall season.

Erie Insurance lists four of the top driving hazards and steps to make your commute safer.

  1. Rain and Wet Leaves
    Did you know wet leaves can be as slippery as ice? As the weather cools down, the rain picks up. Combine that with lower temperatures and you'll find your tires may have less grip than they did in the summer months. Drive cautiously in wet conditions – that includes driving slower than you would on a dry road. Check your tires to ensure they have enough tread. Insert a penny into your tread with Abraham Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you insert the penny all the way and all of Lincoln's head is still showing, that means your tread has worn down and it's time for new tires.
  2. Deer Collisions
    Deer are most active from October to January, especially during the dusk and dawn hours. A collision with a deer can do severe damage to your vehicle. Avoid deer on the roadways by slowing down during peak hours, paying attention to road signs and using your high beams to increase visibility when possible.
  3. Earlier Sunsets
    The days get shorter in the fall, so you'll find yourself driving in the dark more often. This is another peak time for accidents. Make sure you're staying alert during nighttime hours. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and turn your headlights on during dawn or dusk hours. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and know when to swerve if there's an object in the road.
  4. School Children
    If you drive just before the school day starts or after it ends, you're in for lots of crosswalks and bus stops. Since more kids are walking and biking to school, you'll need to stay alert around schools and neighborhoods. Be aware of bus safety and school drop-off procedures as well. You can always consider finding a new route to avoid these high-traffic areas.

It's important to be prepared. But even the most cautious drivers can find themselves face-to-face with something unexpected. That's why it's important to have the right auto insurance. Contact a local ERIE agent for a personal and affordable insurance experience.

Erie Insurance Group
According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 9th largest homeowners insurer and 11th largest automobile insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written and the 16th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. The Group, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, has more than 5 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Erie Insurance Group is a FORTUNE 500 company.

News releases and more information about Erie Insurance Group are available at www.erieinsurance.com.

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