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Autumn driving tips in Kansas: How to stay safe on the road

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2022 | Car Accidents

While autumn is a beautiful time of year, it can also be dangerous for drivers in Kansas. The days are shorter, which means there is less daylight to see what is happening on the road. In addition, the roads can be slippery due to rain or fallen leaves. Fortunately, you can ensure that you and other road users remain safe by adjusting your driving habits to suit this season.

Avoid driving on leaves

The fall season comes with a lot of rain. Combine that with the soft leaves on the ground; car tires will barely have a grip on the road. As a result, the chances of skidding and ending up in tragic motor vehicle accidents increase significantly, even when adhering to all the safety rules.

Therefore, to be safe, it’s important to drive cautiously by avoiding areas covered with too many leaves and keeping a safe distance from the other cars. You may also want to check your tires to ensure they have enough tread before hitting the road.

Watch out for pedestrians and animals

Visibility is usually a huge concern during autumn. You may find it difficult to see people crossing the street, especially if they’re wearing dark clothing. Being extra vigilant when driving in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present, such as near schools or residential neighborhoods, can help protect your life and that of others.

Moreover, deers seem to be most active during autumn. So, even if the road seems clear, it may be a good idea to slow down and be ready to halt at any second because deers can jump out of nowhere and collide with you.

Avoid distracted driving

If you must do something that takes your attention away from the road, it’s advisable to pull over to a safe location first and deal with it before you proceed with your journey. Not only is distracted driving dangerous, but it is also illegal in Kansas.

Even though Kansas is one of the 12 U.S. states that use the no-fault car insurance system, you may still be liable for another person’s injuries or damages if you cause an accident. Therefore, it is always best to practice safe driving habits, more importantly for your safety and others, and also to avoid legal problems.